Course Details

Jurisprudence

Jurisprudence, or the philosophy of law, can be studied either with an emphasis on analysis or an emphasis on social policy. This course will study analytic jurisprudence. We will investigate the foundations and structures of the adversary system and the legislative and common-law sources of rule application within that system. These foundational questions are not designed as philosophical ends in themselves, but rather to illuminate practical matters of how best to argue a case and represent a client. The governing principle behind the course is that the practicing lawyer should be able to "locate" the case at hand within the foundational theories and internal mechanisms of law. Evaluation: The grade is based on a final take-home exam and class participation. Teaching Method: Lecture and discussion A critical study of the leading theories of law as derived from a classic book. READING: Anthony D'Amato, Analytical Jurisprudence Anthology. Several other readings to be distributed or posted. Prerequisites: None


Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 601
Practice Areas: Law and PhilosophyPerspective viewpoint
Additional Course Information: Open to First Year Students ,  Perspective Elective


Course History

Spring 2014
Title: Jurisprudence
Faculty: D'Amato, Anthony A. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 59     Actual: 34



Spring 2013
Title: Jurisprudence
Faculty: D'Amato, Anthony A. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 59     Actual: 40



Spring 2012
Title: Jurisprudence
Faculty: D'Amato, Anthony A. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Lecture     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 59     Actual: 26