Government Contract Law

Information Introduction

Section 1, Spring 24

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 11/16
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


1300-1500 SL268

Course Description

The Federal Government is the largest buyer of goods and services in the world. The statutes, regulations and case law that define the requirements governing the government's expenditure of over $750 billion every year are the subject of this seminar. While grounded in traditional contract concepts and principles, these concepts and principles are modified to satisfy unique congressionally-mandated requirements for selling to the Government. These include: (a) The unique procedures used to award Government contracts; (b) Special requirements for the procurement of "commercial items:" (c) Unusual Government contract administration rights (e.g., the Government’s unilateral right to terminate a contract for its own "convenience," or to change the specified deliverables); (d) The contract claims and dispute resolution process, including the different forums and procedures involved when litigating Government contract claims; (e) Important ethical obligations applicable to Government contractors; (f) How the Government facilitates socio-economic goals (e.g., small business, and other contract preferences) through the use of special clauses; and (g) The intersection of Government contracting obligations and the unique remedies available to the Government in fighting fraud. Government contract practitioners—whether they work for a law firm, a Government agency or a company selling to the Government—need to be familiar with all of the above, but each will then focus on the requirements that are most important to their respective clients. The course serves as an introduction to this body of law, which can be described as a blend of traditional contract law, administrative law and litigation practice. Guest speakers from private practice, the Government and the judiciary provide different perspectives on the issues.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

Substantial research paper (25+ pages) due via EXPO by noon (EST) on May 9th (day before last day of finals period).

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: (Contracts (6002)) Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced.

Course Notes: Students seeking to enroll in this course are strongly encouraged to attend the first class session

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 124217904

Modified Type: ABA Seminar

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: Corporate, Business and Transactional

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