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Spring 2013 - Causation in Tort Law

Robertson, David W

Credit Hours: 3  Course ID: 397S  Unique # 29711

Meeting Day(s)TimeLocation
TH2:15 - 4:05 pmJON 6.257
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Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.
You must have at least 43 credit hours to register.

Tort-law causation bifurcates into factual and legal (proximate) causation.  Both subjects are potentially covered by this seminar.  Factual causation is a more difficult and more interesting area, but student choices of topics will be respected, up to a point.  Each student will propose a topic--this must occur before our first meeting--which will then be accepted, refined, or rejected by the seminar as a group.  The first meeting will be a ruthless critique of each other's suggested topics.

The ultimate objective is a publishable article on a significant aspect of present-day tort law.  After our first meeting--where topics are accepted, rejected, refined, changed--we will hear weekly reports and review drafts.  Each student must produce at least one finished draft--on a schedule to be determined--which will then be extensively edited by the instructor, criticized by the seminar, and returned to the author.  Each student must then produce a final draft on or before a to-be-announced and emphasized deadline.  Ultimately each paper must come in around 30 double-spaced pages (with single-space footnotes), ca.  10k-12k words.

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