Law 165 - American Legal Thought, Past and Present
J.D. Stanford, 1988
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.
Students will develop a sense of the history of American legal thought.
|Stuart Banner||19S||165||LEC 2||Unscheduled||1.0||No||No|
|Course will meet on 1/31, 2/7, 2/28, 3/14, 4/4, 4/18 in room 3393.|