This is a seminar on Legal Theory, the use of theoretical tools from philosophy and other disciplines (including economics, critical theory, and social theory) to analyze and criticize legal rules, doctrines, and institutions. A wide net will be cast and “Legal Theory” as a category will be addressed in a relatively broad way (including jurisprudence, private law theory, political philosophy applied to law, theoretical law and economics, law and public policy, critical legal theory, etc.). Guest speakers will present their works in progress throughout the semester. Other class meetings will be devoted to discussion of background readings that will help students in understanding and assessing guest speakers’ papers.
Writing RequirementYes, with submission of the Upper Division Writing Requirement Form (3 units)