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J.D. Course 382 | 2 credit hours
The Romans produced one of the most sophisticated legal systems ever to exist, and its influence can still be felt in modern law around the world. The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the Roman legal mind at work and by this avenue to examine the roots of modern legal concepts. Using sources in translation, we will begin with a general introduction to the historical development of the Roman law and then turn to an in-depth study of two specific areas of law, including the law of tortious damage to property. We will supplement our study of the historical Roman law with some examination of the medieval, early modern, and modern extensions of the Roman doctrine. We will read the Roman legal texts closely, supplementing our understanding by working out hypothetical cases and discussing excerpts from a few scholarly articles.
Laptops may not be used during class sessions.