Schools of Jurisprudence and their Relations to the Sources of Law

2 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2012 Last revised: 26 Jan 2014

Date Written: March 6, 2012


Jurisprudence explains about the thinkers and their thoughts, way of thinking about all the areas of Law like right and duties, ownership and possessions, legitimacy, medico-legal aspects, ethics etc. Schools means Ideologies (Various ways of thinking about a particular subject), Sources of Law- Custom, Legislation, Precedents, Thinkers- Jeremy Bentham, Austin etc. and their inter relation with each other is discussed in the paper with the help of pictorial method. Historical school talks about customs only as a source of Law, Realistic school talks about the Judge made law (Common Law or Precedents) and all other schools talk about the Legislation as a source of Law.

Keywords: jurisprudence, schools, sources of law, custom, legislation, precedents, Jeremy Bentham, Austin

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Kumar Yadav, Dr. Raj, Schools of Jurisprudence and their Relations to the Sources of Law (March 6, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Dr. Raj Kumar Yadav (Contact Author)

Central University of Punjab ( email )

Bathinda, Punjab 151401
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