Legal Theory

Credit Hours: 2-3

This course covers the central arguments, history, and development of general jurisprudence. The two historical conflicts, around which the course is organized, are (1) natural law and natural rights versus legal positivism, and (2) formalism versus legal realism. Coverage of these topics extends to the aftermath of these disputes with present day scholarly debates about the nature of law and methodology of legal scholarship. This course is being offered for 2 or 3 credits. Students registered for the 2 credit option (Section 001) will complete the course after nine class sessions. Students registered for the 3 credit option (Section 002) will complete the course after 14 class sessions.