Foundations of Law

This year-long, signature course exposes all first year students to foundational legal concepts, themes and issues in the study of law. The first semester presents a historical perspective on such basic ideas as the common law, equity, and American Legal Realism. We will consider the development of legal thought in the Anglo-American legal tradition, the role of external perspectives such as political science in understanding and practicing law, and the relationship between law and other forms of normative thought. The second semester will examine the rise of the administrative state and the central role of agencies and regulations in our legal system. The course will end with an extensive case study. Students will receive a total of 2 credits for this course. This course runs for the first six weeks of the semester in both the fall and spring, for a total of 2 credits.
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(a) Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law
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*Please note that this information is for planning purposes only, and should not be relied upon for the schedule for a given semester. Faculty leaves and sabbaticals, as well as other curriculum considerations, will sometimes affect when a course may be offered.