Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 13ZO, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 9/12
Credits: 0

Course Description

This is the first semester of a yearlong seminar designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader. The theme for this section is "Hypotheticals in Law, Film, Fiction, and History." Your law-school career has involved 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, authors of fiction, and historians often explore a different kind of hypothetical fact pattern in which they ask, "What if an event that did happen had not happened?" In this course, we will create legal hypotheticals, watch what-if-oriented movies, read speculative fiction, and dissect rigorous counterfactual analysis to see what we can learn from the ability of the human imagination to create situations that are avowedly fictional but must still bear a close resemblance to reality.

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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: This class will meet entirely online. Class will take place synchronously via Zoom. Any additional remote learning details from the instructor will be posted to the course's Canvas page at a later date. Seminars in Ethical Values typically occur over 5 or 6 evening sessions throughout the academic year. Prof. Setear will announce the specific date, time and location details for this section at a later date. ATTENDANCE POLICY: 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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