Law, Economics, & Public Policy – LPCY 704

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

Law and economics have become an influential approach toward the interpretation and application of law as a social mechanism that can promote economic efficiency. This course explores the origins, assumptions, and limits of the application of economic theory to law, and the implications of this interpretive and normative approach for the study and formation of public policy. 

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The economic analysis of law is the dominant jurisprudential system in American today.  It influences judicial opinions, legislation, and discussion on issues of law and policy.  The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the opportunity to understand the economic analysis of issues of law and policy and to critique this perspective from a distinctly Christian worldview.  

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview. 

Peer-Review Discussions (2)

Peer-Review Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to post his or her Article Review as a thread for each Discussion. In addition to the thread, the student is required to at least 2 classmates’ threads and at least 1 classmate’s reply to his or her own thread for a total of at least 3 replies. Each reply must be 500 words. (CLO: A-D) 

Article Review Assignments (2)

The student will write a 1,500-2,000-word research-based paper in current APA format that reviews an excellent scholarly article chosen by the student addressing a topic related to law and policy covered in the course from the law and economics perspective. The paper must include at least 3 scholarly, academic or legal sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (CLO: A-D) 

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned module: week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5 essay questions, and have a 5 hour time limit. (CLO: A-E)