Covid and Contracts: Courts, Regulation, and Drafting (SC) (Zoom-only Class)

Section 1ZO, J-Term 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 4/16
Credits: 1
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TWRF
  • 0900-1200
  • WB119
01/18/2022 01/21/2022

Course Description

This course exposes students to an increasingly-common legal question in the wake of Covid-19: when will parties be excused from performance due either to contractual provisions (e.g. force majeure) or common law doctrines such as impossibility, impracticability, and frustration? These questions have arisen in a range of contractual settings (national and international) over the past two years. For example, some parties to M&A deals have sought to avoid previously-negotiated agreements (e.g., the Tiffanys-LVMH merger). Wedding parties have sought damages or a return of nonrefundable deposits when their planned wedding venue is located in a jurisdiction that subsequently imposed social distancing mandates. And some contracts involve a government entity, most commonly a state or municipality, that is also the public authority charged with health protection mandates, some of which (during Covid and historically) take the form of stay-at-home orders, business closures, or other rules that may diminish the value of the government’s contracts with private entities.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work
In class exercises and a final presentation

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Contracts (6002)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced
Course Notes: This course will be taught via zoom for all participants.

Graduation Requirements

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

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level 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:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Saturday, January 15, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Tuesday, January 25, 11:59 PM