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Jurisprudence is a subject that is vastly different to the so-called traditional topics that have by and large formed the basis of legal education such as tort law or contract law These topics have a recognised content and consist mostly of statute and case law judgments Jurisprudence on the other hand is a melee of intermingling ideas and the boundaries traditionally placed around law subjects are nowhere to be seen Indeed the notion of what constitutes jurisprudence is obscure It can be said to consist of all that has been promulgated about the law It shares a common ground with other fields of the social sciences including ethics politics history theory and philosophy Many jurists may have a background in or have been influenced by one or more of these areas Jurisprudence is an expansive subject and as RWM Dias observed no delineation of its scope can be regarded as final Therefore if jurisprudence is such a broad and undefined subject does it have an essential role in a system of legal education which has conventionally comprised of black-letter law subjects This essay proposes to address that question by examining whether knowing the law is sufficient for a comprehensive legal education or does the law student need to have sense of what is law for her legal education to be complete It is usually at undergraduate level at university that the student begins to study law It is customary for the teaching emphasis to be placed on learning off the law by concentrating on statutes and case law The student is encouraged to accept that precedence takes priority in law and to learn correct decisions whilst being able to distinguish the wrongly decided cases It is rare for the focus of study to turn to the fundamental nature of law even though law is not a static system of rules It is constantly changing and being questioned or disputed by many sections
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