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Changing Legal Education
February 20, 2013
by Rick Livingston
Strange but true: among the official list of humanities disciplines named in the 1965 authorizing legislation for the National Endowment for the Humanities is jurisprudence. Not surprising, perhaps, given that the statute had to be drafted by lawyers; still, it’s not that often that “the science or philosophy of law” (as Merriam-Webster defines it) turns up in humanities curricula, let alone its secondary meaning as “a system or body of laws.” Courses on moral reasoning (like Michael Sandel’s Justice) are common enough, and studies of policy, to be sure. But jurisprudence?