Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

First Class Assignments for Spring 2018 Semester

Vincent Samar

Title/s: Jurisprudence I

Office #: Law 319-001 (Tu/Th 10-11:15); Law 319-002 (Tu/Th 1:00-2:15)



Welcome to Jurisprudence (LAW 319).  This course, cross-listed with the Philosophy Department (Phil. 182) examines the norms or principles that establish and justify societies’ laws, including what law is, must law be related to morality, are there any human rights, and what are the rights and responsibilities of a society in relation to its own members. Because the institution of law provides a central organizing tool for how democratic societies actually operate, the course will adopt a philosophy of law focus on the various issues of concern. The required texts for the course are Philosophy of Law, 9th ed., ed. Coleman et al. and a Course Pack from Loyola Printing Services, both available in the bookstore.  The syllabus is posted on Sakai.  For our first-class meeting, please have read Aquinas, Austin, and Finnis, pp. 52-87 in Philosophy of Law. I look forward to meeting you all of you there.  Welcome to the class!