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Fall 2021
5369 Insurance Law & Justice - CHANDLER- 27093

Professor(s): Seth Chandler (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Health Law 
Business and Commercial Law

Time: 2:30p-4:00p  MW  Location: 121  TUII

Course Outline: This course covers contemporary American insurance law and regulation but with an emphasis on how conflicting notions of justice affect doctrines and policies in the field. There is also an emphasis on understanding the contemporary insurance industry, including various forms of insurance, reinsurance and public insurance schemes. We do cover the highlights of Texas law, particularly in understanding the duty to settle and duty to defend in liability insurance policies, but this should not be seen as a course in "Texas Insurance Law." We study both the "property/casualty" side of insurance, with an emphasis on liability insurance, and the life/health side, the latter emphasizing the Affordable Care Act. The goal is to prepare you not just for insurance issues likely to be present in the next few years, but to give you "insurance intuitions" that will help you understand insurance issues as they evolve during your career.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: DistanceEd  The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to operate the course as distance education. This means no physical classroom is assigned for this course. This also most likely means synchronous internet videoconferencing class sessions during the day(s) and time(s) when the course is scheduled to meet. However, other, more flexible modalities are possible, such as not using some of the scheduled class sessions to meet but instead supplementing with asynchronous distance education techniques. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.

The course website is at

The website contains the syllabus and other valuable course information. Materials not in the Abraham casebook may be found on the Course Materials page on the website.

Also, be advised that there is a second required reading that can be found at this link: It’s the Tentative Draft #1 (Restatement 2016). The electronic version is $10. Paper version is $45.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 12/08 1pm-4pm  111 TU2    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials (4/6/2021 1:49:15 PM)

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Abraham and Schwarcz's Insurance Law and Regulation, Cases and Materials, 7th edition, ISBN: 9781683289517