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Advanced Torts

  • Typically offered every other year

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2016-2017 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below this new one. 

2016-2017

The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with a variety of cutting edge issues in tort law, teach students how to conceptualize legal problems which do not have ready answers, and familiarize students with the practical problems of working lawyers. The approach will be part academic, part skill-oriented. Students will be graded on class participation, and three papers 5-10 pages in length in the nature of short briefs for the court. During each class, students will engage in simulated oral arguments of appellate cases assigned. The course will focus on problems arising from automobile, professional malpractice, negligence, vicarious liability, joint and several liability, and punitive damages.

This qualifies as a “simulation” class.

This course has a strict attendance policy, due to the nature of the class. All absences must be pre-arranged. Make up work will be required. A second absence will reduce a student’s grade. Class participation will count for 40% of the grade and student participation is expected in each class session.

Meets the WIE Writing Requirement.

NOTE: The below course description applied prior to the 2016-2017 academic year.

Description:The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with a variety of cutting edge issues in tort law, teach students how to conceptualize legal problems which do not have ready answers, and familiarize students with the practical problems of working lawyers. The approach will be part academic, part skill-oriented. Students will be graded on class participation, and three papers 5-10 pages in length in the nature of short briefs for the court. The course will focus on problems arising from automobile, professional malpractice, negligence, vicarious liability, joint and several liability, and punitive damages.

Meets WIE writing requirement.