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J.D. Course 1013 (cross-listed) | 3 credit hours
This course is an introduction to comparative jurisprudence. That is, we will be studying the political, social, cultural, and intellectual phenomenon to which we usually refer by shorthand as "law", and we will do so by using comparison as our predominant method of study. Among other things, we will consider the basic jurisprudential differences between Anglo-American common law and continental civil law. However, going beyond this traditional comparative framework, we will expand our focus geographically, outside the West, as well as historically, to analyze a variety of jurisprudential concepts in different periods. Among other things, we will examine the jurisprudential foundations of various types of religious law and international law. I have pre-selected a number of topics for inclusion in the course. I have also some blanks in the syllabus, so that I may bring in guest speakers to discuss a legal culture in which they have particular expertise.
Attendance is mandatory at all class sessions.