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Fall 2020 Course

Introduction to American Law

Prerequisite: None

Exam: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule

This course introduces students trained as lawyers outside of the United States to the U.S. legal system, helping to supplement and put into context what they learn in their other courses at HLS. Included among the topics covered are: the basic structure and function of U.S. legal institutions; basics of subject matter and personal jurisdiction of American courts; the interaction of state and federal law in the American system of federalism; selected doctrines of constitutional law; selected topics pertaining to the American criminal and civil justice systems; and trial by jury.

Note: Enrollment is limited to foreign-educated LL.M. students.

Textbook(s):
Author: William Burnham
Title: Introduction to the Law and Legal System of the United States
Edition: 6th edition
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
Year: 2016
ISBN (print): 9781634602075
ISBN (e-book): 9781634606936
Publisher website (print): https://www.westacademic.com/Burnhams-Introduction-to-the-Law-and-Legal-System-of-the-United-States-6th-9781634602075
Publisher website (e-book): https://www.westacademic.com/Burnhams-Introduction-to-the-Law-and-Legal-System-of-the-United-States-6th-9781634606936