Throughout this article, it is contended that a theory of law must include both principles and rules if the theory is to describe accurately the legal process in its day-to-day workings. This position is admittedly antithetical to most legal philosophers who see rules and principles as mutually exclusive and unincorporable. Violation of the usual position is necessitated since a model of law should transcend philosophy and become a useful tool for all lawyers, judges, and legislators in guiding their day-to-day legal decisions.

I. Introduction

II. Hart’s Model of Rules

III. Analysis of Open-Texturism

IV. Principles and Judicial Decision-Making

V. Conclusion