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LLM-Introduction to American Law

Spring 2020 • Law 610 • Credits: 2

Instructor: David Cadaret

Open to LLM students only. This short, mandatory, course introduces LLM students from outside of the United States to basic legal concepts, principles and procedures regarding the American system of law. It is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the structure of the U.S. legal system including the role of the judicial, legislative, and executive branches; brief history of law in the United States; sources of law; the role of "precedent" in U.S. law; how to read a U.S. case; jurisdiction and other limitations on judicial review; brief overview of remedies and types of lawsuits in the U.S. A brief comparison to the civil law system will be discussed.