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Introduction to the Continental Legal System (LAW-964-001)

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (TH) - Room 527

Enrolled: 9 / Limit: 12


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This is a legal Spanish class for JD students with an intermediate to proficient level of Spanish. The class will be taught entirely in Spanish and it will cover the basic concepts of the continental legal system as practiced in Latin America. At the end of the seminar, students should be able to read a contract, a decision or piece of legislation from a Latin American country and have a legal understanding of it. Reading materials will be posted each week in MyWCL which will include decisions and scholarship from Latin American and European scholars.

The class will be taught by Ms. Katherine Kettlewell, Mexican attorney and currently a counsel at the International Settlement of Investment Disputes ICSID. The syllabus for the class will be posted shortly. If you are not sure if your level of Spanish will allow you to take the class, please contact the instructor at

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

J. Merryman, La Tradición Jurídica Romano-Canónica, Fondo de Cultura Económica, México 1989. (Traducción de The Civil Law Tradition: An Introduction to the Legal Systems of Western Europe and Latin America, Stanford University Press, 1969.) Pags. 15-71.


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