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.

Course Frequency*
Course Areas of Practice

Sections

Spring 2017
2017
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

101.02 1
  • Scheduled in-class examination
James Boyle Tu 11:00-12:20 PM 3041

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.

Degree Requirements
Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
JD students only

101.03 1
  • Scheduled in-class examination
James Boyle Tu 1:45-3:05 PM 3041

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.

Degree Requirements
Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
JD students only
2016
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

101.01 1
  • Scheduled in-class examination
James Boyle 11:00am-12:30pm; 1:30-3:00pm 3041

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.

Degree Requirements
Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
JD students only
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

101.01 1 James Boyle Tu 1:00-2:30 PM Gross Hall 107

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.

Degree Requirements
Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
2015
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

101.02 1 James Boyle Tu 1:45-3:10 pm Gross Hall-Room 107
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.

Degree Requirements
Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
2014
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

101.01 1 James Salzman Tu 1:45-3:25 pm Rm 3041; Rm 4055; Rm 3037
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.

Degree Requirements
Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

101.02 1 James Salzman Tu 3:00-4:40 PM Tu 3:00-4:40 PM Room 3041
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.

Degree Requirements
Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
2013
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

101.01 1 H. Jefferson Powell Tu 1:15-2:45 pm Gross Hall, Room 107
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.

Degree Requirements
Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None

*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.