Government Contract Law

Section 1, Spring 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

The statutes, regulations, case law 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 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" 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—the different forums and procedures involved when litigating 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, 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:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Due Date Only
Description: Final paper (approximately 25 pages) due via EXPO by noon (EST) on the last day of Spring exams.
Final Exam Notes:

Final paper (approximately 25 pages) due via EXPO by noon (EST) on the last day of Spring exams.

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Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Contracts Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: ATTENDANCE: Students seeking to enroll in this course are strongly encouraged to attend the first class session.

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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