5397 Law & Order: An Introduction to Jurisprudence - LUNSTROTH- 23710
John Lunstroth (VISITING SCHOLAR)
Course Areas: Constitutional and Criminal Law
Time: 9:00a-10:30a MWLocation: TUII-117
Course Outline: Law and Order: An Introduction to Jurisprudence
In this class we will explore different ways to think about the law. Although legal theory (legal philosophy, jurisprudence) consists of a long complicated history of often obscure and difficult to understand writings, I am going to approach it with the assumption that the core ideas and intuitions about the law can be developed and discussed in a common sense way that is accessible to anyone in law school.
There are no pre-requisites to take this class, except a curiosity about the nature of law and a willingness to give it some careful thought.
The grade will be calculated as follows:
• Class participation (10/100): you will be expected to do the reading and join in discussions. Some of you naturally talk more than others, but by the end of the class your general approach to understanding the materials should have become apparent from the discussions.
• Written assignments (70/100): You will be asked to write three or four short essays (5-8 pages). The final essay will be due the day assigned to the final. It will consist of the prompt: What is law?
• Each student will participate in a class presentation/exercise (20/100).
By the end of class we should have laid a ground-work that will serve you for the rest of your life with the law. Not only will we grapple with ideas of enduring power, but you will be given a basic set of intellectual tools that can be developed and elaborated on as you grow in experience.
Course Syllabus: Syllabus revised 11/05/13
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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No