Critical Legal Thought

Course Information

Course Number
L6173
Curriculum Level
Foundation
Areas of Study
History and Philosophy of Law, Racial, Economic, and Social Justice
Type
Lecture
Additional Attributes
1L-Elective

Section 001 Information

Instructors

Section Description

Critical Legal Thought will introduce second-semester, first-year law students to a range of critical approaches to law with the goal of giving them tools for testing legal arguments, assertions of legal pedigree, and the underlying normative premises that often make certain legal outcomes seem just, neutral, and objective, if not inevitable. Further, the constitutive courses of the first-year curriculum will be critically examined. The first weeks of the semester will examine the underlying structure of "regular law," including the work done by legal positivists, and formalists. From there we will cover critical approaches to the assertion of law's objectivity and rationality. Beginning with Legal Realism and its progeny Critical Legal Studies, readings will cover Feminist and Critical Race critiques of law's aspiration to objectivity and neutrality. We will then move to examine the foundational curriculum - Torts, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, and Civil Procedure. Method of evaluation: Professor will decide depending on the number of students enrolled.

School Year & Semester
Spring 2022
Location
WJWH 207
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Wednesday
1:20 - 2:40 pm
Points
3
Method of Evaluation
Paper and Exam
J.D Writing Credit?
No

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
None
Other Limitations
This course is for 1Ls only