Constitutional Law and Economics

Section 1, Fall 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 17/19
Credits: 3

Course Description

For fifty years, economics has provided an insightful and influential perspective on private law, including contracts, property, and torts. In recent years, scholars have begun applying economics to constitutional law, and this course introduces that work. Students will analyze fundamental constitutional processes, including bargaining, voting, and delegating, as well as legal institutions like courts and administrative agencies. Throughout the course we will consider the incentive effects of legal rules and institutional designs and evaluate their implications for efficiency (the size of the pie) and distribution (who gets the big slice, who gets the little one). Our discussions will illuminate familiar and important legal topics, such as the Chevron doctrine, separation of powers, precedent, federalism, and political speech. No previous knowledge of economics is presumed or required.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: A paper will be due no later than noon on last day of the exam period. Students seeking to use the paper for their Upper-Level Writing requirement must submit the Writing Requirement Intent form to SRO by the deadline identified in the Enrollment Deadlines section of LawWeb. Retroactive exceptions will not be granted.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) Students may provide a written waiver of the prerequisite from the professor to SRO based on comparable graduate-level Constitutional Law coursework. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Law and Economics II: Public Law and Economics (7151)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
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

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Cross Listed: No
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