The Birth of English Common Law



SLN #: 26943
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 027
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): Brand

Course Description:
This course will meet March 22 through April 21.

The Birth of the English Common Law and the Creation of English Legal Institutions: The Origins of the Anglo-American Legal Tradition

Course description:
The Anglo-American Common Law can trace its origins back to twelfth and thirteenth century England. It is to these two centuries that we can trace the beginnings of jury trial, the regular recording and reporting of legal proceedings, an organized legal profession and a professional judiciary. This course will look at what preceded the creation of a Common Law in England and then at the period of institutional change that created a recognizable national legal system which enforced and developed a national system of law; at the conditions and changes that facilitated the emergence of professional lawyers and a legal profession; and at the emergence of courts run by centrally appointed justices but which involved members of the local community as jurors. The course will make extensive use of relevant original documents in English translation.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Numeric Grade and ONE-Time Pass Option is Available, or Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Final Exam Given: No
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Online Course Site: None