Torts 2001

Professor Rogers, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 1 p.m., Room 110

Current assignment

Answers to review questions submitted by e-mail

Course Description

In this course you learn how to analyze and apply principles of tort law. Tort law governs when a court should award money from one party to another for intentional acts, for negligent acts, or for certain non-negligent acts. We will proceed directly through Epstein's Cases and Materials on Torts (7th ed) from page 3 to about page 850. However, we will skip pages 111-130 in chapter 2, and we will cover chapter six before chapters four and five.

Occasionally portions of the text will be the subject of lectures. In most of the class periods, however, students will respond to questions regarding the materials in the text. In addition to the principles of tort law, the course will cover how to apply the principles, how to recognize when particular principles are applicable, how the common law system works, and how various theories of tort and compensation law relate.

Any student may be called upon any day. All students must be prepared every day. Preparation involves reading 20 pages ahead of the previous class period's coverage, rereading if necessary, and thinking about the material read. Briefing of cases should be helpful to you but is not a class requirement.

Your grade will be based on a 4-hour final examination. Although the exams are graded strictly anonymously, your participation in class may affect your grade. Different curves may be applied to raw grades depending upon class participation. Credit for class participation depends upon quality, not quantity. Repeated absence will adversely affect class participation credit. Class participation in the past has rarely affected grades more than two notches (e.g., "B minus" to "B plus").

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