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Law and Economics (Abrams/Sarin)
Spring 2020   LAW 974-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
R 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Tanenbaum Hall 145

Faculty
David S. Abrams

Professor of Law, Business Economics, and Public Policy

dabrams@law.upenn.edu
Natasha Sarin

Assistant Professor of Law

nsarin@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Expository Writing
Other Professional Skills:

Grading
25% Participation,
75% Other (The course grade is determined from response papers (50%), group presentation (25%), and class participation (25%).)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

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:

- If you are absent, due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can ask for volunteers among your classmates to share their notes with you.

- I will make PowerPoint slides or other class materials routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

Category
Seminar

Credits
3.0

This seminar will provide students with an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research in law and economics through presentations by some of the leading scholars in the field. In preparation for the outside speaker sessions, students write short (two to three page) critiques of the author's paper. Final grades will be based on the critiques and seminar participation, including a group presentation. Some background in economics or law and economics is very helpful; however, knowledge of technical economics is unnecessary.

Students may submit a paragraph describing background and interest in the seminar.

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.

Criminal Law and Procedure Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of criminal law and procedure; Perform legal analysis in the context of criminal law and procedure; Communicate effectively on topics related to criminal law and procedure; Demonstrate an understanding of the role criminal law and procedure play in society and their impact on 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.

Tax Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of tax law and policy; Perform legal analysis in the context of tax law and policy; Communicate effectively on topics related to tax law and policy; Demonstrate an understanding of how tax law and policy affect other areas of law and business.

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.