(LAWH-4007) - 2 UNITS

As many of the more mundane and repetitive legal tasks are outsourced or mechanized, the day-to-day activity of a lawyer becomes even more focused on the complex conceptual activities of reasoning and analysis. The Jurisprudence course will investigate what constitutes high-quality legal reasoning, looking at some of the canonical texts in American law, to ascertain what, if anything, makes legal reasoning--reasoning like a lawyer--special and valuable. The course will give some insight into how judges do or ought to think about the law based upon both their own claims, and those of some of the most prominent academic students of the Anglo-American tradition. Through this course, you should become familiar with some of the central figures of the Anglo-American legal tradition, including Langdell, Holmes, Pound, Hart, Fuller, and Dworkin their views on law, the core theories of legal reasoning and how they are applied in actual cases, the advantages and disadvantages of each style of reasoning, and the ways in which these styles respond to different worries about the law and its legitimacy.

Satisfies Writing Requirement