Remedies (Zoom-only Class)

Section 1ZO, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 38/50
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MWR
  • 1230-1320
  • WWW
01/25/2021 04/29/2021

Course Description

This is a survey course on litigation after the liability determination—on everything a court can do for a claimant who has been wronged or is about to be wronged. We will survey the principal remedies: compensatory damages, punitive damages, injunctions (including preliminary injunctions, which come before the liability determination), declaratory judgments, restitution, some of the means of enforcing judgments, and if we can get that far, attorneys’ fees. We will constantly ask what the plaintiff can get, why he can get that, why he can’t get more, and which remedy is best for him. From the defendant’s perspective, the question is usually how the remedy can be minimized. From the court’s perspective, which remedy is best, right, just, or efficient? The material on damages builds and expands on what you might have learned about damages in Torts and Contracts. The other remedies will be less familiar. The remedy is usually the client’s real interest in litigation, and often the source of the lawyer’s pay as well. Clients tend not to be interested in abstract determinations of liability. Thus, Remedies is an intensely practical course. It is also an excellent course for integrating insights from disparate parts of the curriculum and for testing theories of what law is all about. I regret that this course must be on line, but I am a cancer survivor and my doctor said absolutely not to teaching in person. I will do my best to make it as nearly live an experience as possible. There is an unsolicited plug for the course and the casebook from a former student, now in the Solicitor General’s office, here:

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
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Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources:
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Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 16, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 02, 11:59 PM