Common Law I

Section 1, Fall 15

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 23/44
Credits: 3

Course Description

In this course we explore the kinds of arguments made by lawyers in contested cases. In each class session, a fact pattern and relevant precedents are distributed to the class and there is a discussion of what arguments lawyers for each side of the controversy ought to make. There is no search for the “right answer,” but rather for arguments that will increase the settlement value of the case to each side.

The fact patterns usually raise issues from Contracts, Property, and Restitution.

The course is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. Neither semester’s course is a prerequisite for the other semester’s.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any):

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work
Flex examination at end of the semester.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With:
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Contributions to the class discussions are critical to the success of the course. Consequently, attendance and preparation are highly valued.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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