Law 140 - Torts

Andrew D. Selbst

Andrew D. Selbst

Assistant Professor of Law
S.B. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004
M.Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
J.D. University of Michigan Law School, 2011
UCLA Faculty Since 2020
Course Description:

This course focuses on personal injury law, as it has developed within the Anglo-American legal tradition. In particular, the concept of negligence and the refinements of negligence law will be extensively considered. The doctrine of intentional torts will also be examined. Contemporary rules and strict liability will be carefully studied, because of both their intrinsic importance and their theoretical implications. Treating the need for victim compensation as a societal problem, the course will deal with alternatives to the tort system such as no-fault. Throughout the course, there will be an effort to identify the basic purposes which our tort system achieves, or should achieve.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Andrew Selbst 20F 140 LEC 3 MWR 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM 4.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2020 LEC 3
Goldberg, Sebok, and Zipursky. Tort Law: Responsibilities and Redress   4th ed.  
ISBN: 9781454868200. Wolters Kluwer. REQUIRED $276.77
Abraham, Kenneth S. The Forms and Functions of Tort Law   5th ed.  
ISBN: 9781634594516. Foundation Press Thomson/West. OPTIONAL $48.96