Torts and InsuranceThe basic course on tort law, which is mandatory for all J.D. students, is open to LL.M. students by permission of the instructor. In addition to the basic torts course, the law school offers a number of other courses on tort law (listed under L08—Personal and Family Law). The availability of these courses may vary from year to year, with the list below containing the advanced tort courses that have been offered over the past five years and are likely to be offered again.
The practice of tort law is largely litigation oriented, and so a student who is interested in developing an expertise in tort law should also enroll in courses covering the important aspects of civil litigation. A number of these courses (listed under L09—Practice and Procedure) are provided below. Clinical experience is also valuable in this regard.
The defense of a tort case is often provided by the defendant’s liability insurer, which introduces a variety of substantive and strategic considerations that are covered by the basic course on insurance.
Students interested in medical malpractice would benefit from extensive study of the health care system, including both the basic course on health law and the colloquium on health law.
Students interested in business torts, such as fraud and unfair competition, would benefit from taking courses such as Corporations, Securities Fraud (or Securities Regulation), Business Crime, and Antitrust.
L08—Personal and Family Law
Advanced Torts (L08.3004)
Tort Law and Alternatives: Selected Topics (L08.3005)
Tort Law in Modern Administrative State (L08.3603)
Torts: Products Liability (L08.3040)
L09—Practice and Procedure
Civil Litigation (L09.2005)
Complex Litigation (L09.3504)
Conflict of Laws (L09.3010)
Federal Courts and the Federal System (L09.2015)
New York Practice (for those who plan to work in New York) (L09.3020)
State Courts and Appellate Advocacy (L09.3508)
Trial Advocacy (L09.3527)
Trial and Appellate Advocacy (L09.3510)
Environmental Law Clinic (L02.2510)
Government Civil Litigation Clinics (L02.2575; L02.2581)
Supreme Court Litigation Clinic (L02.2585)
Antitrust and Regulatory Alternatives (L12.3023; L12.3022)
Business Crime (L04.3051)
Corporations (L03.1001; L03.2010)
Health Law (L13.3525)
Health Law Colloquium (L13.3500)
Insurance Law (L03.3050)
Survey of Securities Regulation (L03.3040)