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USC Gould School of Law

Foundations of Private Law Seminar     LAW-803

The main focus of the seminar will be on contemporary theories of property and contract law, as a means to understand the theoretical foundations of these areas of law. We will engage with the work of legal theorists, political philosophers, legal economists, and legal historians. Instead of talking about specific cases and doctrines, we will talk about the purpose and moral foundations of private law as an institutional practice. Why is it a good idea to have property rights? Why is the State justified in enforcing private transactions between individuals? What is the relationship between the market and legal institutions? Does contract law enforce promissory duties? What is the relationship between private law and justice? These are the types of questions we will be asking and trying to respond.

Units 3
Grading Options Numeric Only
Exam Type None
Writing Requirement Yes
Skills/Experiential Requirement No
Enrollment Limit 20

Grading Options: vary with the professor

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