U.S. Law, an Introduction

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON, WED 2:30 - 3:45 pm JON 5.206

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Final exam December 14, 2024
Midterm exam

Special Instructions

This class is not available for requesting through Early Registration.


This course introduces international LL.M. students to the concepts of law fundamental to, and the legal institutions operating within, the United States legal system. Designed as a comprehensive overview, the course will cover key aspects of the U.S. legal system, including the U.S. Constitution and the functions and procedures of civil and criminal courts, and introduce key concepts and principles of the law of contracts, torts, and property in the United States.

Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on comparing and contrasting U.S. legal principles with those of students' home jurisdictions, facilitating a deeper understanding of the similarities and differences between legal systems. Guest speakers, case studies, and practical exercises will complement traditional lectures, providing students with a comprehensive and practical foundation in U.S. law.

This fall course is required for LL.M. students with a foreign law degree, although those with a law degree from a common law country may request a waiver. Exchange students may petition to enroll in the class on a space available basis.

Important Class Changes

Date Updated
04/01/2024 Designated as LLM-only