Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 16, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 11/12
Credits: 0

Course Description

A student’s legal career involves the analysis of hundreds of “hypotheticals” – fictional fact patterns concocted by a textbook author or a classroom instructor to assist in learning the law. Movie-makers and historians often explore a different kind of hypothetical fact pattern: the “what if?” Movies like It’s a Wonderful Life or Sliding Doors explicitly treat parallel universes distinguished by a particular, relatively small difference. Winston Churchill wrote about what might have happened if the South had won at Gettysburg, while The Man in the High Castle explores a world in which the United States lost World War II. Serious historians have examined, at length, questions like, “what if the atomic bomb had not worked?” or “what if John F. Kennedy had not been assassinated?” We will create legal hypotheticals, watch what-if-oriented movies, and read rigorous counterfactual history to see what we can learn from the ability to create situations that are clearly fictional but must still bear a close resemblance to reality.

Course Requirements

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Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None

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Other Course Details
Prerequisites: JD students are given priority for this course during the LCS enrollment lottery process. LLM students may enroll in the course during the SIS Add/Drop process. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes: If you miss one session, you can still pass the course if you write a 5-page make-up paper. Missing two or more sessions will put you below the law school's 80% attendance requirement.

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.

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