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2015-2016 Course Offerings

Materials for all courses will be posted on a password-protected website to which you will be granted access once you have been enrolled in your course.

Spring 2016

Materials for all courses will be posted on a password-protected website to which you will be granted access once you have been enrolled in your course.

Online Courses

You will be able to register for the online courses in November and December.  It is important that you timely register and make payment so that you may begin the course on January 11th.

Foundations of Law, 807A (2 credits) January – April 2016. Times: ONLINE. Weekly assignments begin week of January 11, 2016.
Professor Brent Domann
This online course, specially designed for international lawyers and professionals, provides an introduction to the American Legal System and American Jurisprudence.
(Please NOTE: This class is REQUIRED for M.J. students; and is OPTIONAL for LL.M. students.)

International Commercial Arbitration, (2 credits) January – April 2016. Times: ONLINE. Weekly assignments begin week of January 11, 2016.
Professor Mary Bedikian
International commercial arbitration is the most popular alternative dispute settlement mechanism for resolving disputes between parties arising out of international commercial transactions. The basic goal of this course is to give students a thorough understanding of the international commercial arbitration process and the role of national courts in supporting that process. The rules of international commercial arbitration institutions, such as the International Chamber of Commerce, and international conventions on commercial arbitration will be studied, including the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. The UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration -- enacted by more than 60 countries -- will also be examined.

In-Person Courses

Topics in International Law: Advanced Civil Litigation, 548Z (2 credits)
Thursday, February 25th from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.;  Friday, February 26th and Saturday, February 27th from 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, February 28th from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Professor Nick Wittner
This course focuses on lawsuits between individuals and corporations who are United States citizens and foreign individuals or corporations. It covers procedures that have changed since the previous Civil Litigation for Foreign-Educated Lawyers and Legal Professionals class; discusses in more depth the procedures that were included in the course; and adds more advanced topics.   Specifically, it presents an overview of the new and important procedures used in international civil litigation in the Unites States courts; major new laws for jurisdiction exercised by United States courts over international cases and defendants; advanced topics such as choice of law and choice of courts in contract disputes involving international parties; treaties involving taking of evidence in foreign countries; advanced procedures including class actions, which can involve high financial exposure for defendants; and enforcement of judgments by United States citizens against individuals or corporations that are citizens of foreign nations. 

Writing in Practice – LLM, 804E (2 credits)
Thursday, April 28th from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.; Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, May 1st from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Professor Sammy Mansour
Students in Writing in Practice will practice writing sections or entire documents commonly used in American law practice. Instruction will cover legal issues necessary for background to writing documents, but the class is not intended to teach doctrine that is the subject of writing exercises except as necessary to focus is on legal writing and proper grammar, punctuation, and style in English. The course is designed to expose LL.M. students to issues in legal writing, not to impart substantive legal content.

Fall 2015

Online Courses

You will be able to register for the online courses in June.  It is important that you timely register and make payment so that you may begin the course on August 24th.

Foundations of Law, 807A (2 credits), Professor Brent Domann
August –December 2015. Times: ONLINE. Weekly assignments begin week of August 24th, 2015.
This online course, specially designed for international lawyers and professionals, provides an introduction to the American Legal System and American Jurisprudence.
(Please NOTE: This class is REQUIRED for M.J. students; and is OPTIONAL for LL.M. students.)

International Business Transactions, 512B (2 credits) Professor Daniel Barnhizer
August –December 2015. Times: ONLINE. Weekly assignments begin week of August 24th, 2015.
This course is an introduction to international business transactions. We will explore the following general topics: agreements for the international trading of goods, financing the international sale of goods, establishing and operating a foreign investment, the resolution of international business disputes and enforcement of dispute settlement awards.

In-Person Courses

American Constitutional Law for LL.M., 806A (2 credits)
Professor Michael Lawrence
Thursday, October 8th through Sunday, October 11th
This course is designed to acquaint students with the fundamentals of the United States Constitution by surveying the Constitution’s approach to governmental structure and individual rights. Major topics include Federalism, Separation of Powers, Due Process, Equal Protection, and Freedom of Speech.

Negotiation for Foreign Educated Lawyers, 805A (2 credits)
Professor Brian Pappas                   
Thursday, November 12th through Sunday, November 15th
This course will provide an overview of fundamental concepts in negotiation theory and provide an opportunity to apply the theory in role plays and simulation exercises.

Intellectual Property Survey, 535 D (2 credits)          
Professor Jenny Carter-Johnson                
Thursday, December 10th through Sunday, December 13th
This course is a survey of all Intellectual Property law, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secret law. No technical degree is necessary.

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