Introduction to American Law for LLMs

Section 1ZO, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 2/2
Credits: 2

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:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

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

Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: To be announced.

Other Work
To be announced.

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 Notes: This class will meet entirely online. Class will take place synchronously via Zoom. Any additional remote learning details from the instructor will be posted to the course's Canvas page at a later date.

Graduation Requirements

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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Constitutional Law
Public Syllabus Link: None
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