Course Description

601:590. Aviation Law (2) S


This course is taught on an intensive schedule. Limited enrollment = 24.

2017 Aviation Law Course Description

Aviation Law is a skills development course based upon the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 8, 2014. We will create a hypothetical lawsuit with teams alternating between defense counsel and plaintiff counsel. Each student will develop and prepare a written strategic litigation plan and discuss the best way to implement it. We will learn how to draft an appropriate complaint and answer; and we will brief motions and then argue those motions in a mock courtroom setting. Substantive legal issues we will explore include international and domestic aviation law principles, preemption and removal jurisdiction, forum non conveniens, principles of legal liability and recoverable damages, and various other concepts that have unique application in this area of the law. By the end of the course the students will have gained skill on issue spotting, case development and management, all with the goal of improving your ability to efficiently represent clients in complex litigation of all types. Grades will be based upon demonstration, performance in issue spotting, writing, oral argument and class participation. There will be no final examination.