Spring 2014
    Law No.: LAW7086
    Sched. No.: 114219181

Jurisprudence
Section 1
X
Barzun, Charles L.



Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):MW, 0830-0950 (WB104)
Credits:3Type:Lecture
Capacity:45 **This information is current as of 04/22/2014 06:15:52 AM**
Current Enrollment:41 **This information is current as of 04/22/2014 06:15:52 AM**

Course Description:

Unlike most classes in law school, the goal of this course is not to expose students to any particular area of substantive or procedural law. Rather, its goal is to encourage students to think about law in general. Specifically, we will take up such questions as: How do we know if a particular society has a legal system? Must it display some minimum commitment to the rule of law? What is the "rule of law" anyway, and why should we care about it? What are judges doing when they decide cases? Are they discovering answers to the legal questions they confront by looking to the relevant legal materials, or do they instead create new law based on their own values? How do we tell the difference? Finally, in law school students learn to "think like a lawyer," but what does that mean? Is legal reasoning distinct from ordinary reasoning in some important way? We will consider these and other questions by reading selections from some of the most famous and influential works of jurisprudence, past and present, including those of William Blackstone, John Austin, Oliver Wendell Holmes, H. L. A. Hart, and Ronald Dworkin.

COURSE REQUIREMENT: Three short papers, assigned throughout the semester, totaling about 21 pages