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Spring 2013
5331 English Legal History - PALMER- 18851
Added 10-17-12

Professor(s): Robert Palmer (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Law And Society/ Interdisciplinary 

Time: 4:00p-5:30p  TThLocation: 240  TU2

Course Outline: This course covers English law from the twelfth to the eighteenth century. Content coverage is primarily property, contracts, torts, civil procedure and courts, and the growth of individual rights. In that coverage, emphasis is on the relationship between law and society, the conceptualization of successive legal systems in the Anglo-American legal tradition, and the reasons why legal doctrines and structures changed. Grades will be determined by a final test.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus pdf

Course Notes: Cross listed with History Department. Class will meet in the College of Law.  

Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments: January 15-17

The Materials are available from the copy center; there are no purchased books. The first session will cover the (a) portion below and perhaps get into some of (b).

Introduction

Materials, Pt. 1, Section I: "General Material," pp. 1-8.

Before the Common Law: Feudal Relationships and Family

(a) Robert C. Palmer, "The Feudal Framework of English Law"

Michigan Law Review vol. 79 (1981), pp. 1130-40 (in Materials, Pt 2).

This article sets out the basic differences between a Maitland and a Milsom approach. You must understand the difference. Note that I have now diminished, but not eliminated, the emphasis here on the compromise of 1153. That analysis remains important, but is slightly different from that you will find in class.

(b) Materials, Pt. 1, Section II: “The Nature of Courts and the Law before 1176,” pp. 9-26

Final Exam Schedule: 05/02 6-9pm  215 TU2    

This course will have:
Exam:
Paper:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement: No