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Federal Antitrust Policy (Hovenkamp)
Fall 2020   LAW 909-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
T 4:30PM - 6:30PM

Faculty
Herbert Hovenkamp

James G. Dinan University Professor

hhovenka@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Expository Writing

Grading
20% Participation,
80% Paper

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

Yes
Those wishing to use their paper for the senior writing requirement must notify the instructor upon selection of the topic. A first draft will be due two weeks prior to the final paper due date.

Location

Class meets online.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. I will make these recordings routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

Category
Seminar

Credits
3.0

Federal Antitrust Policy is a research and writing seminar focusing on the development of a scholarly paper (20-30 pages) in antitrust law, which may be used to satisfy the senior writing requirement. For the Fall semester, 2020, it will be conducted on Zoom. The only limitation on the choice of a topic is that it concern some aspect of antitrust, and interdisciplinary topics are encouraged, including antitrust policy's engagement with economics, intellectual property, Constitutional Law, history, psychology, or politics. Your instructor will offer a list of possible topics or you can select one subject to his approval. The first several weeks will be devoted to reading and discussion covering a wide range of antitrust subjects. During that time, in collaboration with your instructor, you will select a topic. Grading will be based on the paper plus class participation. No textbooks are required, and all required readings will be posted on Canvas. Those who want more background may read Herbert Hovenkamp, Federal Antitrust Policy: the Law of Competition and its Practice (West Academic, 6th ed. 2020). For the 2020 semester your instructor will assist you in selecting topics that can be written using resources that are available online. In addition to writing a paper, each student will make a presentation, not exceeding 30 minutes on his or her paper. Powerpoint slides are encouraged but not required. All final papers will be due on a date to be specified but during or just after the final examination period. Students who wish to use this paper to meet the senior writing requirement must notify the instructor upon selection of a topic. For them, a first draft of the paper must be submitted approximately two weeks prior to the deadline for the final paper. That date will be specified later.

Course Concentrations

Business and Corporate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of business and corporate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of business and corporate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to business and corporate law; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between the world of business and finance and that of business and corporate law, and how they affect other areas of law and society.

International and Comparative Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of international and comparative law, both substantively and procedurally; Perform legal analysis in the context of international and comparative law; Communicate effectively on topics related to international and comparative law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role of international and comparative law, and their interconnection with domestic law.

Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.

Courts and the Judicial System Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of both substantive and procedural issues in the operation of our legal system; Perform legal analysis in the context of procedural issues and the judicial process; Communicate effectively on topics related to procedure and the judicial process; Demonstrate an understanding of how procedural issues and the judicial process affect all other area of our legal system.

International Corporate and Trade Law

Intellectual Property and Technology Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of intellectual property law; Perform legal analysis in the context of intellectual property law; Communicate effectively on topics related to intellectual property; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between technology and intellectual property, and how they affect other areas of law and society.

Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Administrative and Regulatory Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.


Textbooks

"FEDERAL ANTITRUST POLICY: THE LAW OF COMPETITION AND ITS PRACTICE" by Herbert Hovenkamp
Edition: 6th 2020
Publisher: West Academic
ISBN: 9781684674350
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