The Semiotics of Law in Legal Education

  • Jan M. Broekman
  • Francis J. MootzIII

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Philosophical Dimensions

  3. History, Law and Semiotics

  4. Semiotics and the Legal System

  5. Gender and Family

  6. Economy, Business

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-204
    2. Elizabeth Karnezos
      Pages 205-220
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 249-255

About this book


This book offers educational experiences, including reflections and the resulting essays, from the Roberta Kevelson Seminar on Law and Semiotics held during 2008 – 2011 at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law.  The texts address educational aspects of law that require attention and that also are issues in traditional jurisprudence and legal theory.  The book introduces education in legal semiotics as it evolves in a legal curriculum. Specific semiotic concepts, such as “sign”, “symbol” or “legal language,” demonstrate how a lawyer’s professionally important tasks of name-giving and meaning-giving are seldom completely understood by lawyers or laypeople.  These concepts require analyses of considerable depth to understand the expressiveness of these legal names and meanings, and to understand how lawyers can “say the law,” or urge such a saying correctly and effectively in the context of a natural language that is understandable to all of us.  The book brings together the structure of the Seminar, its foundational philosophical problems, the specifics of legal history, and the semiotics of the legal system with specific themes such as gender, family law, and business law.


Civil Law Common Law Discourse Family Gender Law and Economy Legal Education Legal Foundations Legal Practice Legal Semiotics Philosophical Foundations Public use of Property Semiotic Ideas Semiotics Semiotics of Economy Semiotics of Law Semiotics of Legal Practice Signifying Social Issues Signs Texts Trade Trademark Tranference of Legal Knowledge

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan M. Broekman
    • 1
  • Francis J. MootzIII
    • 2
  1. 1.Dickinson School of LawPenn State UniversityCarlisleUSA
  2. 2.University of NevadaLas Vegas 4505USA

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