Government Contract Law

Section 1, Spring 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 14/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

The statutes, regulations, and other requirements that govern the Federal Government's expenditure of over $500 billion every year are addressed in this seminar. These requirements are based in traditional contract 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" and other goods and services bought 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 process; The dispute resolution process (i.e., the different forums and procedures involved in the litigation of Government contract claims; Important ethical obligations applicable to Government contractors; Government use of clauses to facilitate socio-economic goals (e.g., small business, and other contract preferences); 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. 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:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description:

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Final paper (approximately 25 pages) due via EXPO by noon (EST) on the last day of exams, Friday May 11th, 2018.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Contracts (6002)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With:
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

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

Schedule No.
118210648
Law No.
LAW9263
Modified Type
Seminar
Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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