Legal Philosophy Law and Legal Definition

Legal philosophy refers to the branch of philosophy that is concerned with law and the principles leading courts to make decisions. Legal philosophy is also concerned with the evaluative theories of law. It provides a general philosophical analysis of law and legal institutions.

There are three branches of legal philosophy. They are; analytic jurisprudence, normative jurisprudence, and critical theories of law. Analytic jurisprudence provides an analysis of the essence of law so as to understand what differentiates it from other systems of norms. Normative jurisprudence makes the examination of normative, evaluative, and otherwise prescriptive issues about the law. And the critical theories of law challenge more traditional forms of legal philosophy.