About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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Torts (LLM Only) (Spring 2019)
- Course Number: LAW-509
- Class Number: 04021
- Instructor: Ian Fusselman
This course will cover theories of recovery for those harmed by intentional and unintentional conduct. We will study intentional torts (e.g., assault, battery, trespass), negligence (with an emphasis on concepts of duty and foreseeability), and strict liability (e.g., product liability, ultra-hazardous activities), as well as affirmative defenses. We will also consider the social, economic and political policies that drive the development of common law and statutory tort law, including caps on damages and other modern tort reform issues.
Grading will be based on a short response paper during the semester, class participation (each student will be expected to participate in at least one discussion of a case or topic), and an in-class, closed book final exam. The final exam will consist of multiple choice (50%), short answers (25%), and a short essay (25%).
Writing Requirement is based on 2 page, Credit/No Credit Response Paper
- Unit Value: 3
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: Wednesday, 3:00p-5:50p
- Room Number: Room 101
- Exam: In-class exam
- Writing Requirement: Yes
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
- Participation: Required
- Class Recordings: Never
- Access To Recordings: Not Available
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