Civil Liability: Analysis and Critique
This seminar will explore contemporary issues in civil liability for physical harm, including the proper scope of liability for accidental harm, problems of causation, and the scope of damages awarded in tort cases. The focus of the seminar is on the rigorous analysis and criticism of policy and scholarly arguments. The readings will consist of both classic works in the field and important current studies. After a several-week overview of the field, each session will be devoted to an intensive study of a single law review article, in which designated students criticize or defend that article. Each student will prepare a ten-page critique of an assigned article and defend a different assigned article. All students will be expected to participate actively in the discussions at each session; a willingness to think critically and to make independent contributions to class discussion is required.
*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.