Introduction to American Law
This special course for international students in the Law School's LLM, SPILS, and Exchange Programs is offered during September, before the start of the regular law school quarter. The class introduces students to selected principles of American law and provides an overview of distinctive features of the U.S. legal system, including its procedures and institutions. The course also is designed to familiarize international students with U.S. legal materials and help them participate successfully in courses with their J.D. colleagues. Topics include American state and federal legal systems, common law and statutory analysis, civil and criminal justice, trial by jury, and federalism.nElements use in grading: Class participation, attendance, short written assignments and final exam.nThe class starts on September 6 and runs through September 18. Morning or afternoon sessions. Meeting times to be announced by instructor. Final exam will be scheduled on September 21.