Jurisprudence is the theoretical study of law. Its aim is to understand and explain the nature of legal reasoning, systems of law, institutions of law, and their role in society and human life.
Duration: Three to four years (full-time study); six to eight years (part-time study)
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate degree or equivalent general education
The core topics introduce the field of jurisprudence and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. The Director of Studies will make adaptations based on student ability and schedule. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:
As law varies by country and state, these topics will be indexed to the specialty of the Director of Studies.
Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:
The final project in jurisprudence consists in one or more papers written on an area of specialization. The paper should take the form of a dissertation elaborating an original argument about, interpretation of, or perspective on a method or theory. All final projects should be discussed with the Director of Studies, who will assist in choosing an appropriate focus and method. Advanced students may be advised to submit their paper for publication in an appropriate academic journal.