Science and the Courts (SC)

Section 1, J-Term 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 10/16
Credits: 1
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TWRF
  • 0900-1200
  • WB114
01/17/2023 01/20/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

Science plays an ever increasing role in the courts, typified by everything from debate about the reliability of forensic evidence in criminal cases to global warming disputes in environmental cases to genome patent disputes in intellectual property cases to scientific controversies about prescription drug defects in mass tort cases to the admissibility of adolescent brain development evidence in death penalty cases, and so forth. This short course addresses the difficulties that courts encounter in dealing with scientific evidence and scientific concepts, both at the practical level and at the jurisprudential level. While the readings are somewhat long for a “short” course, students will be expected only to “skim” the longer cases.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Students will be given a take-home exam administered via EXPO. Answers will be due via upload to EXPO by noon on Feb. 3rd.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

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.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Saturday, January 14, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Monday, January 23, 11:59 PM