Genetics and the Law (SC)

Section 1, Spring 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/16
Credits: 1
Day Date Time Room
  • M
  • T
  • W
  • R
  • F
  • M
  • T
  • W
  • 01/31/2022
  • 02/01/2022
  • 02/02/2022
  • 02/03/2022
  • 02/04/2022
  • 02/07/2022
  • 02/08/2022
  • 02/09/2022
  • 0820-0950
  • 0820-0950
  • 0820-0950
  • 0820-0950
  • 0820-0950
  • 0820-0950
  • 0820-0950
  • 0820-0950
  • WB127
  • WB127
  • WB127
  • WB127
  • WB127
  • WB127
  • WB127
  • WB127

Course Description

This course will explore various legal/policy issues arising in the context of modern, constantly evolving, genetics and genomics. No prior scientific knowledge is required!. We will shortly review the history of genetics in the United States, with attention to the incorporation of eugenic concepts into the law. Other sessions will survey the following cutting-edge topics: Genetics in the public sphere - newborn screening, DNA biobanks, population screening; genetic privacy and information control - including premarital genetic testing/screening; GINA and other genetic anti-discrimination laws related to employment and insurance; reproductive issues, including non-medical sex selection; the implications of novel genetic technologies in medical treatment (e.g., gene editing, cloning, embryonic stem cells);Torts and the Double Helix - malpractice and genetics.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to write a paper that will be due via EXPO upload no later than two weeks after last class session at noon (EST).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

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.
122220190
Law No.
LAW7612
Modified Type
Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, January 26, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, February 11, 11:59 PM
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