Fall 2009 Section 001
Law 205: Litigation and Dispute Resolution Theory

Schedule: Day Class
Instructor(s):
Kobayashi, Bruce
Credit Hours: 3
CRN: 77470
Day(s): Wednesday
Location: Hazel Hall 224
Time: 7:00am-12:00 noon
Enrollment Limit: Please see Patriot Web
Online: Online access through TWEN
Notes:
Writing Course
Syllabus: Go to syllabus
Course Documents: No documents listed.
Exam Date/Time: 12-09-2009 6:00pm
Prerequisites: None
General Description: Provides the cornerstone of the Litigation Law track. It introduces the theory and practice of litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, and draws upon the basic tools of decision theory, game theory, and economic analysis to address some of the key features of the litigation process and its institutions. Among the topics addressed are the decision to commence litigation and whether to settle or go to trial; settlement negotiations; strategic behavior as affecting decision making by both private actors and the courts; economic analyses of litigation; agency or moral hazard problems presented by both lawyers and courts; the impact of attorney's fee arrangements, fee-shifting rules, and court-imposed sanctions; party versus court control of proceedings; and the effect of enforcement costs on competing substantive legal rules.