American Legal Institutions (LAW-580-001)
Designed for foreign students in the LLM program in international legal studies, the course is a survey of the core substantive areas of American law and the legal profession in the United States. It also provides an overview of Anglo-American common law. Includes intensive, individualized instruction in methods of legal research and writing.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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First Class Readings
REQUIRED: For the first class, read D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct, Rules 1.1 - 1.6. Also prepare Student Photo-Information Sheet with biographical information and photo (can be copy of your student ID photo) for submission to Professor Berenson at first class. For an example of what the Student Photo-Information Sheet should contain, please see the sample in Section labeled "VIII Miscellaneous" of Volume III of the Supplemental Reading Materials.
OPTIONAL, BUT RECOMMENDED: K. Hegland, Introduction to the Study and Practice of Law In a Nutshell, 5th Ed.(West, St. Paul 2008). We will not discuss this book directly in class; however, I believe it is of great use to those who are not familiar with common law analysis techniques and is a good simplification and synthesis of those techniques for those who are. The entire book will assist you greatly in reading the other materials assigned in this class and in your other classes. If it is not yet available in the bookstore, ask the store to order it for you. You may also purchase the 3rd Edition (2000) or 4th edition (2003) used. The changes are minimal between the three. If you do so, read
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