Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Documents you will need for Torts

Below you will find a list of links to readings that are not included in the textbook.


Course Materials

Information about the course
(updated August 21, 2017)

Course Outline
(updated August 21, 2017)

Should I use a computer to take notes in class?
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4


My Office hours for Fall 2017
Mondays and Wednesdays
10:30 am to 12 pm; 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
or by appointment


Class #1 


Class #4

Dr. Seuss, The Zax (print), (video)


Class #5

West Academic Quiz: "Intentional Torts to Person or Property"


Class #6

Notes on Privileges

Problem #1

The Queen v. Dudley and Stevens (video)
(not for class discussion; you can start at about the 13:00 minute mark)


Class #7
(recommended; not for specific class discussion)

West Academic Quiz:  "Defenses to Intentional Torts—Privileges"


Class #8


Class #9
Class #11


Recommended readings on medical malpractice (not for class discussion):


Class #13

West Academic Quizzes: "Breach of Duty," "Duties of Health-Care Providers," "The Prima Facie Case for Negligence and the Element of Duty"


Class #14

Atlantic Coast Line v. Daniels

West Academic Quiz: "Actual Harm and Factual Cause"


Class #16

Palsgraf v. Long Island RR revisited (with Legos)


Class #17

West Academic Quiz: "Scope of Liability (Proximate Cause)"


Class #18

Recent developments related to duty to help

Illinois and Tarasoff

Why beer is so important for civilization (article, video)
(recommended only; not for class discussion)

West Academic Quizzes:  "Nonfeasance," "The Duty to Protect from Third Persons"


Class #19

Hedgepeth v. Whitman Walker Clinic


Class #20


Class #21

Chart on pre-natal torts

West Academic Quiz: "Emotional Harm"


Class #22

West Academic Quizzes: "Apportionment and Settlement," "Assumption of the risk"


Class #25


Class #26

Products liability outline

West Academic Quizzes:  "Common Law Strict Liability," "Tort Liability for Defective Products"

Materials regarding exams

Some initial thoughts on taking exams

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Nine common exam mistakes

Video on exam tactics

Tips on Outlining (part 1, part 2, part 3)

Top 10 reasons why you should write your own outline 

Links to short posts with good advice on preparing for exams

More links to short posts on advice on exams

How to avoid exam disasters (podcast)

Law School Exams 101
(lots of links to more readings, in case case you need more)

Fundamental lawyering skills

Seven simple tips to improve your writing
Practice Questions

Sample question in three different formats

Online practice exam

Practice questions #1 (check your answers here)
(Ignore questions 11, 14 and 15)

Practice questions #2 (check your answers here)
(Ignore questions 1, 2, 3, 8 and 4)

Practice questions #3 (check your answers here)
(Ignore questions 4, 16-17, 20, 22, 28-30, 33, 38, 65-66, 69, 75-76, 83-87, 89-90, 92, 94, 99-103)

Practice questions #4 (check your answers here)
(Ignore questions 3, 7, 19, 22, 23, 24, 28, 31, 35 to 42, 55, 57, 60, 62, 63 and 69)

Practice questions #5 (check your answers here)
(Ignore questions 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31)

Practice essay questions

Sample answer to an essay question

Old essay exam
(Note that this question involves some issues that we did not cover this semester.)
15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly
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