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CJMA 550 Philosophy of Law (3 credits)
Provides a general introduction to the conceptual framework of the law and recurrent legal debates which derive from it. Careful analysis of the background concepts of ‘law’ and ‘legal system,’ of ‘rights,’ ‘justice,’ ‘responsibility,’ ‘legal reasoning,’ and so forth is used to understand how abstract legal philosophy applies to concrete issues and specific cases at law. Such cases concern everything from freedom of expression and privacy to contracts and equal treatment; from negligence and insanity pleas to morals offenses and capital punishment. Students will relate the themes of legal philosophy to the live concerns in current legal practice.