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.
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I took Professor De Caro's Law and Ethics course, and learned a lot about ideas and issues I wasn't even aware of beforehand. It gave me a real flavor for not only academic study, but also the types of things people in the legal profession do. We got to talk to a few lawyers, as well as Judge Saylor on the FIS Court! Just as great was the out of class experience I got from walking around Boston and meeting new people. I'd definitely do this again, I learned a lot.