Access to Justice Law 230
- Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
This jurisprudence course explores Access to Justice, taken to mean the individual right to be able to access a system of justice on impartial terms. It also addresses the concept of justice itself, as promised and as delivered. A prominent thinker in this field frames Access to Justice as encompassing two broad aims. The "justice" aim is ideal and philosophic: this conversation seeks to define the nature of the good that all would enjoy in a legal system everyone could access in meaningfully and equitably. By contrast, the "access" theme is practical and resource-sensitive: this conversation seeks to identify and implement institutional arrangements that minimize exclusion and marginalization from the legal system. The course is equal parts jurisprudence/legal theory and empirical investigation of access to justice in the U.S.