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JD Graduation Requirements

This course typically satisfies all or some of the following JD graduation requirements:
  • Writing

Jewish Law

The study of factors (cultural and juristic) in the development of Jewish Law, especially in the Talmudic and medieval periods; relationship between "religious" and "civil" law; the legal codes and the decision-making process of the rabbinic courts. Some legal texts (in translation) will be submitted to intensive examination. Course requirements include short, weekly reports and a term paper. The course begins with an historical introduction to the literary and formal sources of the law and then turns to the juristic interpretation of Biblical texts on Lex Talionis and the law of Agency. Among the topics taken up in the course (depending on time) are: Harms, Domains in Harms, Causation, Morality and Law, The Duty to Rescue, Contracts of Employment, Marriage and Divorce, Usury, Jewish Public Law and other Legal Systems. We conclude with how a case might be decided under Jewish Law ("The Sotheby Case").

Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.