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Legal Theory Lexicon: The Prisoners' Dilemma

Introduction One of the most useful tools in analyzing legal rules and the policy problems to which they apply is game theory. The basic idea of game theory is simple. Many human interactions can be modeled as games. To use game … Continue reading

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Legal Theory Lexicon: The Veil of Ignorance

Introduction This installment in the Legal Theory Lexicon is intended to introduce law students (especially first years) to "the veil of ignorance"–an idea from political philosophy that has had an important influence on legal theory.  From the Ex Ante Perspective … Continue reading

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Legal Theory Lexicon: Hypotheticals

Introduction The hypothetical (or "hypo") is so familiar to anyone who has received a legal education in the United States that you might ask, "Can there possibly be anything of theoretical interest in the hypothetical?" And in the same vein, … Continue reading

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Legal Theory Lexicon: Words and Concepts

Introduction Even before entering law school, law students are likely to know that lawyers work with words and ideas.  But most law students are likely to get through the first year without learning of one of the most basic distinctions … Continue reading

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Legal Theory Lexicon: Common Law

Introduction 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 … Continue reading

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