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This course examines the legal issues surrounding governmental authority during coronavirus pandemic, at both the state and federal level, to order quarantines, social distancing, and sheltering in place. It covers an overview of the common legal challenges to such orders as well as the legal analysis courts use when considering these challenges.

Learning Objectives

  • Define various public health terms from a legal perspective.
  • Explain what legal authority exists for quarantines and other restrictions.
  • Discuss the considerations courts must make when reviewing orders put in place during pandemics.
  • List the unanticipated consequences of large-scale societal restrictions.