Law and Economics

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/44
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MW
  • 1130-1250
  • SL298
08/31/2022 12/07/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to law & economics. The course will provide background in microeconomics, decision theory and game theory, with an emphasis on practical applications. We will then use these tools to illuminate familiar areas of law, including property, torts, contracts, civil procedure, and criminal law. Students will learn how to construct economic models, analyze the incentive effects of legal rules and institutions, and evaluate the implications of different laws for social welfare. No previous knowledge of economics is required. Note: this course will incorporate topics that were previously covered in Quantitative Methods (LAW 7075). Any student who has previously taken Quantitative Methods should consult with the professor before enrolling in this course.

Course Requirements

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

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Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Students with background in economics are welcome to take the course. Likewise, students who have taken the Law and Economics Colloquium, Law and Economics II, or both at the Law School are welcome to take the course. However, students who have taken any other law and economics course, including as undergraduates, cannot take the course for a grade. Such students are welcome to audit the course.
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: Students with background in economics are welcome to take the course. Likewise, students who have taken the Constitutional Law and Economics, Law and Economics Colloquium, and/or Law and Economics II at the Law School are welcome to take the course. However, students who have taken any other law and economics course, including as undergraduates, cannot take the course for a grade. Such students are, however, welcome to enroll in the course as an Auditor.

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.
122820665
Law No.
LAW7135
Modified Type
Lecture
Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 29, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM
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