University of New Hampshire

School of Law


Torts exposes you to the fundamentals of the major tort doctrines, focusing primarily on negligence and introducing intentional torts and products liability. Through reading primary authorities — cases and statutes — and secondary authorities such as the Restatement of Torts, jury instructions, and related materials, you will learn legal principles. Working on skills-based exercises, you will practice analyzing and applying torts principles to factual scenarios. During the course you will show in writing and orally how lawyers solve problems in the area of torts – what laws they use, how they apply them to new facts, and how they use those facts to make arguments to judges or juries. To successfully complete this course you will:

1. Analyze and synthesize cases;

2. Solve legal problems;

3. Investigate facts;

4. Make legal arguments;

5. Understand how to access information related to tort law;

6. Think critically about law, policy and the torts system;

7. Draft legal documents that communicate clearly, are persuasive, and comply with applicable rules;

8. Learn:

A. The basic law and policy of torts: negligence, intentional torts and products liability;

B. Which tort issues are decided by judges, which by juries (or judges sitting as fact finders);

C. The interrelationship of different torts causes of actions; and

9. Participate professionally in class.

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