‘Legal Theory Lexicon: Common Law’

“Law students encounter the notion of ‘common law’ very early in their legal education, frequently in an orientation program or on the first day of classes. The standard law school curriculum includes courses in contracts, property, and torts, which are ‘common law’ subjects. And the reading of common law cases as presented in casebooks is the primary way in which students learn the doctrinal structure (the legal norms) of these common law subjects. But what is the common law? And what is the role of the concept of the common law in legal theory? This Lexicon entry explores these questions …” (more)

[Lawrence Solum, Legal Theory Blog, 31 January]

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