Title

Teaching Legal Ideals through Jurisprudence

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

This article examines the value of jurisprudence in legal education. It argues that jurisprudence should be mandated at an early stage of the students' law curriculum as the legal ideals that may be imparted through a jurisprudence course cannot be adequately taught in a professional ethics course or through teaching jurisprudential perspectives in doctrinal subjects. Law schools have a special responsibility to get students thinking about what law is, what makes law legitimate, and how law is related to justice, morality, politics and rationality. A mandatory jurisprudence course should be intentionally structured along these themes.

Discipline

Jurisprudence | Legal Education

Research Areas

Law, Society and Governance

Publication

Law Teacher

Volume

43

Issue

1

First Page

14

Last Page

36

ISSN

0306-9400

Identifier

10.1080/03069400802703128

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

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