JURISPRUDENCE AND LEGAL THEORY



SYNOPTIC GUIDE
1.      THE NATURE OF JURISPRUDENCE: Distinction(s) between jurisprudence and legal theory; Jurisprudence as the science or philosophy of law; problems of defining law. 

2.      LAW, MORALS AND RELIGION: The convergence and divergence of law, morals and religion; legal enforcement of morals and the role of morals in the enforcement of law; the trichotomy within the context of Nigerian law. 

3.      LAW AND JUSTICE: Law, stability and change; justice as an extra-legal standard; law, justice and antinomies. 

4.      LAW, REVOLUTION AND LEGITIMATION: Law, stability and change; jurisprudential aspects of the overthrow of legitimate governments; problems of law in a rebel enclave; law in the aftermath of a rebellion. 

5.      THE JUDICIAL PROCESS: Courts and the legal process; legal reasoning and legal development; the judiciary, the common law and the common man. 

6.      FUNDAMENTAL LEGAL CONCEPTS: The need for clarity and precision in the law; Understanding basic legal concepts such as person, possession, ownership, property, sovereignty, command, sanction, right, duty, power, liability, immunity and privilege.

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