Government Contract Law

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/16
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • M
  • 1540-1740
  • WB162
01/23/2023 04/24/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

The Federal Government is the largest buyer of goods and services in the world. The statutes, regulations, case law and other requirements that govern the government's expenditure of over $750 billion every year are the subject of this seminar. These requirements are based in traditional contract concepts and principles, as modified to satisfy unique congressionally-mandated requirements for selling to the Government. These special requirements include: The unique procedures used to award Government contracts; Differences in the treatment of "commercial items" procured by the Government; Unusual contract administration rights possessed by the Government (e.g., the unilateral right to terminate a contract for "convenience," or to change the specified deliverables); The contract claims and dispute resolution process, including the different forums and procedures involved when litigating Government contract claims; Important ethical obligations applicable to Government contractors; How the Government facilitates socio-economic goals (e.g., small business, and other contract preferences) through the use of special clauses; and The intersection of Government contracting obligations and the unique remedies available to the Government in fighting fraud. Government contract practitioners—whether they work for a law firm, a Government agency or a company selling to the Government—need to be familiar with all of the above, but each will then focus on the requirements that are most important to their respective clients. The course serves as an introduction to this body of law, which can be described as a blend of traditional contract law, administrative law and litigation practice. Guest speakers provide different perspectives on the issues.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Substantial research paper (25+ pages) due via EXPO by noon (EST) on the last day of the exam period.

Other Work
Students seeking to enroll in this course are strongly encouraged to attend the first class session.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Contracts (6002)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**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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Cross Listed: No
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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