Section 1, Fall 15

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 45/80
Credits: 3

Course Description

This is an introductory course in the enduring concepts and themes of legal theory and legal reasoning. The course will include in-depth treatment of the natural law and positivist traditions, the moral obligation (or not) to obey the law, the foundations of a legal order, the sources of law, the nature of legal authority, the claims of legal realism, and the central ideas of legal reasoning and legal argument, including rules, precedent, analogy, authorities, statutory interpretation, and common-law reasoning. Readings will include books and articles by H.L.A. Hart, Lon Fuller, Ronald Dworkin, Joseph Raz, Hans Kelsen, Karl Llewellyn, Nicola Lacey, and the instructor, among others. Grades will be based on six short (1000 words each) papers, to be chosen by the student from thirteen weekly assignments.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any):
Description: None

Final Type (if any):

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With:
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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