Foundations of Law & Ethics

Foundations of Law & Ethics

Program Overview

Are you considering a career as an attorney or looking at a pre-law course of study in college?

This summer, consider the practice of the law and our modern legal system from the perspectives of philosophy, the history of jurisprudence, and current social and applied sciences.

The Foundations of Law & Ethics program will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of legal thinking, examined through the lens of historical and contemporary issues. Improve your ability to write and convey your viewpoints more clearly, assess the validity of arguments, and learn to identify mistakes in reasoning. Exploring these foundations of legal thought and practice will give you the opportunity to see yourself in the role of an advocate for others and help you to assess your interest in this field.

You will gain insights in five key areas: history of legal thinking; philosophy of justice; the relationship between legal theory and scientific research; the study of valid and effective forms of linguistic communication; and the exploration of important, concrete legal issues such as hate speech, juvenile punishment, and mitigating mental factors. Additionally, you will be introduced to current legal issues through guest lectures by experts in law, philosophy, psychiatry, and forensic neuroscience.

You will also participate in group exercises that will help improve critical thinking, public speaking and presentation skills. Opportunities include debates, argumentation, forensic activities, moot court, and more.

When you are finished with the Foundations of Law & Ethics course, you will have gathered knowledge about potential professional law careers from those currently practicing in the field, gained valuable insights into the preparation and training most needed during undergraduate and law school studies, honed your public speaking and presentation skills, and you might just get a better picture of yourself as a practicing attorney.

Course Details

  • Class meets on Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 12:45 - 4:45 p.m.
  • The last hour of each class will be used to conduct special course activities, such as debate, forensic exercises, or moot court.
  • The first class meets on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
  • The last class meets on Thursday, August 10, 2017.
  • The cost of this class $2,800.

Application Deadline is Friday, June 2, 2017

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As Your Schedule Permits...

As your schedule permits, you can combine this class with another Tufts Summer Study program or course. You may request enrollment in two programs/courses if desired. The Tufts Summer Study Admissions Committee reserves the right to limit enrollment to one program/class.

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About the Instructor

Mario DeCaro is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Roma Tre, and an adjunct instructor in the Tufts Department of Philosophy.