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Course Description -- Topics and areas of the law covered in the course
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Course Requirements -- Writing assignments, class participation, grading procedures, examinations, office hours, etc.
Syllabus -- Reading and writing assignments broken down week by week. FIRST FOUR WEEKS NOW ONLINE.
Paper Topics -- Paper topics will always be posted at least ten days before a paper is due. . .
Class Online Forum -- NOTE: Click here and you'll be directed to the WebCt page to create your own account for the Class Bulletin Board. In order to use this forum, you have to register and be enrolled in the class. font>
Philosophy in Preparation for Law School -- A recent comprehensive study of college students' scores on major tests used for admission to graduate and professional schools shows that students majoring in Philosophy received scores substantially higher than the average on each of the tests studied. The performance of Philosophy Majors on all three tests was remarkable: Philosophy Majors received higher scores on the LSAT, for instance, than students in all other humanities areas, and higher scores than all social and natural science majors except economics and mathematics, and higher scores than all applied majors.
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Internet Legal Resource Guide -- A categorized index of more than 4000 select web sites in 238 nations, islands, and territories, as well as more than 850 locally stored web pages and downloadable files, this site was established to serve as a comprehensive resource of the information available on the Internet concerning law and the legal profession, with an emphasis on the United States of America. Designed for everyone, lay persons and legal scholars alike, it is quality controlled to include only the most substantive legal resources online. The selection criteria are predicated on two principles: the extent to which the resource is unique, as well as the relative value of the information it provides.
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Law School Recommendation Letters -- Most Deans of Admissions read each recommendation with three questions in mind: 1) How well does the writer know the applicant and the applicant's academic record? 2) What does the writer have to say about the applicant's abilities and characteristics which are important for success in law school and the profession? 3) In the final analysis, how enthusiastic is the writer's support for the candidate's admission to this particular law school?
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The course will cover a number of central topics in the philosophy of law: the nature of criminal responsibility (what is a crime?), necessity and duress, causation in the law, negligence and liability, criminal attempts, omissions and the duty to rescue, insanity and excuse, the aims and limits of criminal punishment, and the nature and limits of law.
An effort will be made to get at the principles underlying differing judicial judgments about particular cases as well as to answer more general questions: Under what conditions should a person be held responsible for his or her acts? Under what conditions may one be excused? Suppose I simply make a mistake? Or was merely careless? Or was mentally unstable? Is it fair to punish me for a harm I caused but did not intend? And if I fail to commit a crime, should I be punished less severely than if I had succeeded?
Specific topics will include sleepwalking, persons subject to post-hypnotic suggestion, faith healers, misadministered poisons, misfired bullets, and foiled attempts. Also: felony-murder, strict criminal liability, and a brief excursus on whether the law is more or less like the rules of a game (e.g. chess or poker), cooking recipes, or the Ten Commandments.
For a more detailed introduction to the course, click here.
1. Joel Feinberg and Jules Coleman (eds.),
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Natural Law Theory.
Challenge of Legal Positivism.
Victims' Rights: Restitution or Vengeance?
2. Leo Katz, BAD ACTS AND GUILTY MINDS:
3. Alan Dershowitz, THE BEST DEFENSE,
(1) The course will meet on Tuesdays and Fridays from 12:10 PM to 1:30 PM in SLOSBERG RECITAL HALL.
(1) Four papers are required on topics growing out of the readings and class discussions.
(2) The papers should be between 5 and 7 pages in length, preferably typewritten.
(3) Paper topics will be available at least ten (10) days before a paper is due. It is wise to make a copy of a paper before handing in the original. If you are working on a computer, make a back-up. .
(1) There will be one quiz in class.
(2) There will be no other written examinations, final or otherwise.
(1) A Bulletin Board has been created for the course to facilitate online conversation on legal topics of note. To find your way to the Bulletin Board, you can click HERE and you'll be directed to the Course page for the WebCt. In order to use this forum, you need to be registered and enrolled in the course.
(2) You may also keep a log. The log should not be used for general note-taking or for jotting down quotations (although you may wish to use a separate note-book for these tasks) but for making commentaries on the readings and, most critically, the puzzlers and cases.
(3) Questions will also arise throughout the semester, questions for which there may not necessarily be any, easy or obvious answers, and these questions will be singled-out and identified as questions for the Bulletin Board and logs. You should also feel free to respond to the answers and commentaries of other students in the class.
(1) Attendance is required. You are allowed two unexcused absences. Any further absences will have an impact on your final grade.
(1) Grading will be broken down as follows: 30% for your strongest essay, 25% for your next best effort, 20% for your next best effort after that, and 15% for the one which is least successful of the four.
(2) . Work in the log or journal and/or on the Bulletin Board will count for 5% and the quiz will make up for the remaining 5%.
(1) Several course assistants have been assigned to this class. They will be primarily responsible for reading papers and making comments on them. I shall read through ALL the papers and be responsible for grading each and every one of them.
(1) I will hold office hours on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and by appointment.
(2) My office is located in RABB, Room 306. If you wish to leave messages for me, you may do so at the Philosophy Department Office, RABB 305 or on my voice mail: 736-2787
(3) My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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