Law 165 - American Legal Thought, Past and Present

Stuart Banner

Stuart Banner

Norman Abrams Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A. Yale, 1985
J.D. Stanford, 1988
UCLA Faculty Since 2001
Course Description:

In this course we will examine some of the major ways in which American legal thought has changed over the years, and we will try to understand why the changes occurred. We will consider basic questions like: Do judges find the law or do they make the law? How should we train people to be lawyers? How should we punish criminals? How should we interpret statutes and constitutions? How should we select judges? Each meeting will be devoted to one such question. Each set of readings will consist of representative excerpts from various writers addressing a single issue over a long period of time. Students will be responsible for writing short papers (1-2 pp.) answering specific questions about each set of readings, and for participating enthusiastically in class discussions.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students will develop a sense of the history of American legal thought.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Stuart Banner 20S 165 LEC 1 R 1:10 PM - 3:10 PM 1.0 No No
  Class will meet on 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19, 4/9 in room 3473.