WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW
SYLLABUS AND POLICIES
Professor Darcy James Swetnam
302(L) Third floor faculty suite
My office hours will be Tuesday afternoon from 12:30-3:30 PM and Wednesday morning
You may make appointments in the appointment book at the faculty reception area or
just drop by if I’m not meeting with someone.
The Torts Process
ed.), by Henderson, Pearson, and Siliciano.
ed.), by Diamond, Levine, and Madden.
Expert Learning for Law Students
, by Michael Hunter Schwartz
CPS Response Pad.
We’ll talk more about this the first day of class.
Torts II is a three-credit course that builds on materials covered in Torts I.
The course begins with a review
of the negligence cause of action and a discussion of the defenses of contributory negligence, comparative
negligence and assumption of risk.
Next we will consider the torts of trespass to land and nuisance.
will then discuss instances in which a defendant may be liable for an injury even if her conduct was not
intentional or negligent.
In these cases, the law holds the defendant strictly liable for damages.
remainder of the course will be devoted to the topics of products liability, defamation, invasion of privacy,
and interference with contractual relations.
We will explore the social, economic, and political
considerations that bear on the development of legal principles in these areas.
The Torts II has a number of major objectives.
First, it will introduce you to substantive legal rules that
courts and legislatures have developed over time in attempting to assess responsibility for losses suffered
by individuals in various contexts.
Second, the course will encourage you to critically examine these legal
rules and help you to understand the economic, social and political reasons behind them.
course will sharpen your analytical skills, especially those of case reading and applying legal rules to actual
Fourth, Torts II will assist you in mastering legal writing, especially test-taking skills.
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