Jurisprudence Law and Legal Definition

Jurisprudence is a catchall term for entire subject of law, the study of law and legal questions. It derives from the Latin term juris prudentia, which means "the study, knowledge, or science of law." It refers to the philosophy of law which is employed in analyzing, explaining, and classifying law. There are various types of philosophies under the concept of jurisprudence. They include formalism, realism, naturalism, critical legal studies, feminist jurisprudence, law and economics, utilitarianism, and legal pragmatism.

For example, critical legal studies (CLS) is a theory that challenges the accepted norms and standards in legal theory and practice. It is based on the belief that laws are a product of the values of society, which is dominated by the wealthy, who use the law as an instrument for oppression in order to maintain their place in hierarchy.