Definition of Jurisprudence
Jurisprudence is derived from a Latin phrase, juris prudentia, meaning "knowledge of the law." It is the study of law including legal philosophy and science. Under this definition there are numerous branches which study whether laws should or should not exist and the appropriate penalties for violating the law.
Legal scholars and those wishing to become a lawyer or judge will need to have a deep knowledge of jurisprudence. Extensive knowledge of jurisprudence will allow someone to interpret, defend, or reject the law by understanding how jurisprudence along with more general studies of history, society, and philosophy have helped shape the legal system in the United States and provided information about the underpinnings of our society.