University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Defamation Law & Litigation

This course includes an in-depth study of First Amendment media and defamation law and, in addition, drafting of selected trial pleadings. The seminar will cover such issues as the evolving concept of what constitutes defamation, the public figure doctrine, the opinion defense, confidential sources, burden of proof, Internet and social media, and related issues. Heavy emphasis will be placed on class participation. In lieu of a final exam, students will be required to prepare a summary judgment memorandum based on both the case law and the discovery information developed during the course.

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