Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 51/60
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MTR
  • 1300-1400
  • WB128
01/23/2023 04/27/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This is a survey course on litigation after the liability determination—on everything a court can do for a claimant who has been wronged or is about to be wronged. We will survey the principal remedies: compensatory damages, punitive damages, injunctions (including preliminary injunctions, which come before the liability determination), declaratory judgments, and restitution. We will constantly ask what the plaintiff can get, why he can get that, why he can’t get more, and which remedy is best for him. From the defendant’s perspective, the question is usually how the remedy can be minimized. From the court’s perspective, which remedy is best, right, just, or efficient? The material on damages builds and expands on the small sample you likely encountered in Torts and Contracts. The other remedies will likely be less familiar. The remedy is usually the client’s real interest in litigation, and often the source of the lawyer’s pay as well. Clients tend not to be interested in abstract determinations of liability. Thus, Remedies is an intensely practical course. It is also an excellent course for integrating insights from disparate parts of the curriculum and for testing theories of what law is all about.

Course Requirements

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

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: No
Course Resources: There is an unsolicited plug for the course and the casebook from a former student, now in the Solicitor General’s office, here:
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.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM