This course will be concerned with issues in analytical jurisprudence and, in particular, those related to the nature of law and legal systems. Is there a difference between the exercise of legal authority and the wielding of brute political power? Are law and morality necessarily connected? What is the proper method for interpreting legal texts in the American legal system (and how are we supposed to answer this question)? We will examine several historically influential responses to these issues, including those offered by legal positivists, natural lawyers, legal realists and the critical legal scholars.