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WED, FRI 11:50 am - 1:05 pm JON 6.257

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Final exam (administered by Exam4 in Open Laptop mode) May 3, 2023 8:30 am 2.124


An introductory lecture/survey course about general jurisprudence, which purports to answer questions like, "What is law? What distinguishes legal institutions from other ones? And what makes a true legal claim true?" Readings will cover John Austin, HLA Hart, Ronald Dworkin, and other participants in these debates. Where time permits, we will also address how these abstract questions come to bear on concrete controversies about legal interpretation.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Concept Of Law *
Hart, H. L. A., Green, Leslie, Raz, Joseph, and Bulloch, Penelope A.
Oup , edition: 3
ISBN: 978-0-19-964470-4
Law's Empire *
Dworkin, Ronald M. and Dworkin, Ronald
Harvard University Press
ISBN: 978-0-674-51836-0
Legality *
Shapiro, Scott J.
Harvard University Press
ISBN: 978-0-674-72578-2


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03/22/2023 Exam information updated
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