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Spring 2023

5369 Insurance Law & Justice - CHANDLER- 23939

Professor(s): Seth Chandler (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Health Law 
Business and Commercial Law

Time: 1:00p-2:30p  TTH  Location: 310 

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: (Hybrid)   The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then registered students. Hybrid means that some of the weekly class sessions are virtual, and some are face-to-face. By definition, the hybrid instruction mode only applies to a course that meets two or more times a week. The instructor’s syllabus should indicate which regular days are virtual and which are face-to-face. A physical classroom may be assigned for the virtual class sessions to give students a location in the Law Center to join them. If the course has a final examination, it will be conducted in a classroom in face-to-face mode requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom.

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: 05/11 1-4pm  310    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: Yes

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Insurance Law and Regulation, Cases and Materials, Abraham & Schwarcz; 7th Edition, ISBN: 9781683289517

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