Courses


Comparative Contract Law (Prof. Bayern)
An introduction to the characteristic features and functions of non-common-law legal systems, with emphasis on the civil law tradition and the subject matter of contract law.  This course seeks to provide American lawyers with a basic framework for understanding foreign legal systems, and it also seeks to give them perspective on the particular choices that the American legal system has made in contract law.

English Legal History (Mr. Hackney)
The institutional framework of the Common Law and how that framework influenced the structure of the substantive law. Discusses the initial courts; the emergence of the dominant ‘common law’ courts, King's Bench and Common Pleas, and the competing Equity jurisdiction; the writ system and development of the pleading forms and the methods of proof used in trials. Considers tenures, the principal Real Actions for the recovery of land at Common Law and selected writs.

European Union Law (Dr. Fisher)
This course is an introduction to EU law that looks at some of the key legal features of this unique legal system. Topics covered include EU institutional arrangements, direct effect, preliminary references, supremacy, the role of the European Court of Justice, the emerging debates over constitutionalism in the EU, and free movement of goods.

Jurisprudence (Prof. Atkinson)
Jurisprudence generally focuses on a basic question:  What is law?  In this course we will explore an admittedly peculiar answer, provocative even though provisional:  Law is what we make to make ourselves what we want to be; we can usefully, perhaps best, understand ourselves as the creatures and creators of law.  We will examine that hypothesis from the perspectives of the “schools” generally considered in courses on jurisprudence, including classical and modern natural law, historicism, legal positivism, and legal realism.  Like those schools, we will also borrow from the social sciences of economics, sociology, anthropology, and psychology and from various “humanities” like philosophy, religion, and literature.  If we work reasonably hard, we will have real fun, and we and our law will be the better for it.