Section 1, Spring 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 34/44
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the philosophy of law. In it 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 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?

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: In addition to class participation, grades will be based on 2-3 papers (details and deadlines to be announced during class). Each paper will be due via EXPO with FINAL blind grading number.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
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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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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