Introduction to American Law for LLMs

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 22/50
Credits: 2
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • M
  • 1200-1400
  • SL294
09/05/2022 12/05/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

In order to prepare to take the New York Bar, foreign LLM students are required to take an introductory course in American law. This course provides an introduction to various aspects of American law and the U.S. legal system which may be unfamiliar to foreign students. The course will explore the structure of U.S. law, including the role of precedent in the common law and relationship between the common law, statutory law, the Constitution, and treaties. The development of the U.S. legal system, including especially the separation of powers, administrative law, and the development of U.S. constitutional law will be covered. Constitutional rights and limitations, especially individual rights and constraints on federal power, will be addressed. The role of the lawyer in each of these areas will be a continuing theme as will the interaction between law and American culture. The purpose of the course is not to provide an in-depth understanding of any particular area of law but rather to provide the student with a broad overview of U.S. law and the U.S. legal system.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam via EXPO at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: There will be one, short answer written assignment (due directly to instructor, not via EXPO).

Other Work
Each student will make an in-class presentation on a course topic/theme of their choosing.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: This course is restricted to LLM Program students. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: This course has been approved by the NY Court of Appeals to meet the LLM application requirement of NY Rule 520.6(b)(3)(vi)(c) for 2 credit hours in American legal studies.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Grad. (Excl.)
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Constitutional Law
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Monday, December 05, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM