Section 1, Spring 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 26/70
Credits: 4
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MTR
  • 1000-1120
  • SL278
01/24/2022 04/28/2022

Course Description

For as long as there have been governments, they have intervened in the operation of markets. Those interventions have almost invariably limited the ability of firms to compete freely, such as by limiting the time and place that businesses can operate or by imposing occupational licensing requirements. But there is a small category of cases in which the impetus for governmental intervention is the advancement, not the restriction, of competition. Such efforts can be partially evaluated by their effectiveness, but their justification must ultimately lie in the end they are designed to serve—competition—an end whose definition, much less value, is far from settled. This class will primarily study American efforts to prevent the private subversion of free competition, with some coverage of similar efforts in other legal systems, particularly the European Union. In addition to analysis of the statutes and case law, we will consider the history of antitrust regulation and the economic assumptions that drive much of its application. Fortunately, the applicable economic concepts are not complicated, and special effort will be made to introduce them to those students who have no background in economics.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
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: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: The use of computers in class is prohibited (as is the use of any kind of messaging device, such as a cell phone).

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.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 01, 11:59 PM