Introduction to the United States Legal System (1 credit)
This course provides a survey of the American legal system, how it is organized, and how it works. It is particularly relevant for lawyers who are not qualified in the United States and serves to provide context for other courses that are taught in the LL.M. program.
The purpose of this course is to provide a brief introduction to the American legal system. It is not intended to –and most assuredly will not make you an expert in American law. It is best regarded as only a starting point, inviting you to more carefully explore areas of special interest to you in what is a complex legal system composed of many, many laws– federal and state–many, many courts–also federal and state. And many, many players– especially the many, many American lawyers, of whom there are 1.3-million. In this course, we will touch on the United States Constitution, the structure of the government, the organization and functions of the courts, and several cases. - Professor Dennis Campbell
Five distance-learning courses are offered for credit toward the LL.M. in Transnational Commercial Practice. They are:
- Introduction to the United States Legal System (1credit),
- Case Study in Crossborder Litigation (2credits),
- Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments (3credits),
- The Global Lawyer (3credits),
- International Project Finance (3credits).
Once commenced, a course must be completed within eight weeks unless an extension is requested and granted. The courses are available on a USB memory stick, on a DVD, or through the Internet. Each course is provided in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, incorporating videos, text, and PDF readings.
The courses are “self-contained”-no additional textbooks or casebooks or other resources are required. Each course includes quizzes and short-essay questions, the answers to which are sent automatically to the course instructor. Distance learning can account for a total of 12 of the 21 credits required for the LL.M.
Upon completion of registration, the student will be sent the relevant USB or DVD or issued a password for online access to the course.
Distance Learning Faculty
Professor Dennis Campbell is Director of the Center for International Legal Studies and a Lecturer at Boston University and Eötvös Lorand University. He holds an LL.M. from Stockholm University and is a member of the New York, Iowa, and Colorado state bars.
Professor Julia Sullivan is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LL. She holds a JD from American University and LL.M. degrees from Boston University and Lazarski University.
About the School
The Center for International Legal Studies - CILS/the Center - is a non-profit law research, training, and teaching institute, established and operating as a public interest society under Austrian law ... Read More