Constitutional Law and Economics

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/16
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 1130-1330
  • WB114
09/01/2022 12/01/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

For fifty years, economics has provided an insightful and influential perspective on private law, including contracts, property, and torts. In recent years, scholars have begun applying economics to constitutional law, and this course introduces that work. Students will analyze fundamental constitutional processes, including bargaining, voting, and delegating, as well as legal institutions like courts and administrative agencies. Throughout the course we will consider the incentive effects of legal rules and institutional designs and evaluate their implications for efficiency (the size of the pie) and distribution (who gets the big slice, who gets the little one). Our discussions will illuminate familiar and important legal topics, such as the Chevron doctrine, separation of powers, precedent, federalism, and political speech. No previous knowledge of economics is presumed or required.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: A paper will be due no later than noon on last day of the exam period. In accordance with Academic Policy I.M, students seeking to use the paper for their Upper-Level Writing requirement must submit the Writing Requirement "Special Request" form to SRO by October 4th. The form is available via LawWeb. Retroactive exceptions will not be granted.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) Students may provide a written waiver of the prerequisite from the professor to SRO based on comparable graduate-level Constitutional Law coursework. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Law and Economics II: Public Law and Economics (7151)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
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.
Law No.
Modified Type
ABA Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM