A Student's Guide to the Meanings of "Equity"

10 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2021

Date Written: April 7, 2021


Equity remains a significant part of our legal system, but the different meanings of "equity" often cause confusion. This essay distinguishes three meanings of the term: the distinctive treatment of an exceptional case, a moral reading of the law, and the doctrines and remedies developed in the Court of Chancery. By distinguishing these meanings, carefully and without an excess of technicality, this essay illuminates a difficult but important part of law in the United States.

Keywords: equity

Suggested Citation

Bray, Samuel L., A Student's Guide to the Meanings of "Equity" (April 7, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3821861 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3821861

Samuel L. Bray (Contact Author)

Notre Dame Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0780
United States

HOME PAGE: http://law.nd.edu/directory/samuel-bray/

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