This course will examine various issues of legal philosophy and of political philosophy as it relates to law. Among topics likely to be covered are the nature of judicial decision, the determinacy of law, the rule of law, ideals of justice, prohibition of self-regarding acts, "public reason," and obligation to obey the law. Everyone will take a final exam. Class members who wish can submit a paper for half of their grade. Although some background in philosophy can help, the class will be taught so that no background in philosophy is needed. In the coming year, I plan to concentrate on topics that have practical import, and not to attempt as broad a coverage as in previous years. And for the first time, I plan to assign a book of my own on Statutory and Common Law Interpretation, as well as H.L.A. Hart's The Concept of Law. In considering whether to take the course, you might want to take a look at these to see if they are of interest.