Spring 2017 Course Schedule

Introduction to American Legal Institutions (LLM only) (LAW-580-001)
William Berenson

Meets: 08:00 PM - 09:50 PM (W) - Yuma - Room Y403

Enrolled: 15 / Limit: 50

Administrator Access


LLM Only.


Most of you will be returning to your own countries where you will represent clients doing business in the United States. A small minority of you will stay in the United States, take a U.S. bar exam, and establish careers here. For those of you returning home, this course intends to furnish you with a working knowledge of the vocabulary and fundamental concepts of U.S. practice so that you may (1) orient your clients doing business in the United States to the problems and challenges they may face in interacting with the U.S. legal system and (2) communicate effectively with counterpart counsel representing your clients in the United States. For those of you staying to take a U.S. bar exam, this course will provide you with a foundation in select areas of law tested in most U.S. jurisdictions: constitutional law, federal courts and jurisdiction, civil procedure, torts, contracts, business organizations, statutory interpretation, and professional responsibility. Whatever your long-term career objectives, this course will in the short term help you hone your basic analytical skills and make it easier for you to get through your other courses having a high U.S. domestic law content here at the law school.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Abernathy, Law in the United States: Cases and Materials, 2nd Edition, published in 2016

First Class Readings

Not available at this time.


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