Curriculum and LL.M. Student Handbook

 

LL.M. in U.S. Law - Core Curriculum (26 credit hours*):

 

*Each Credit Hour equals 700 minutes of instruction.  The total minutes included in the program amount to 18,200 minutes. 

 

Legal Analysis, Reasoning, and Communication, 2 credits (1400 minutes)

 

This course teaches students essential skills in legal analysis, legal reasoning, legal research, problem solving, and oral and written communication.  Students are given life-like problems to analyze and resolve using legal analysis techniques learned in the class.  Students have opportunities to communicate findings and receive individual feedback. 

 

Constitutional Law, 3 credits (2100 minutes)

 

This course explores the U.S. Constitution: the world’s longest running democratic charter. Students will learn about the structure of the constitutional system, including principles of separation of powers and federalism, as well as the Bill of Rights. The most important constitutional law issues of the day are explored. U.S. Supreme Court cases and civil rights statutes will be studied.

 

Civil Procedure, 3 credits (2100 minutes)

 

This course examines the procedural aspects of civil disputes in the U.S., under both state and federal systems, and looks at the court systems and the processes of bringing and defending cases. The course will examine the unique U.S. process of the discovery of evidence, including depositions and document production. There will be an overview of alternative dispute resolution focusing on arbitration and mediation.

 

Evidence, 2 credits (1400 minutes)

 

This course examines the Federal Rules of Evidence that govern the admissibility of evidence during trials. This material is tested on the bar examination and also is important to lawyers who assist U.S. firms with the discovery process used in litigation.

 

Contracts and Sales, 3 credits (2100 minutes)

 

This course introduces students to practical issues in contract law theories and doctrines. This course will survey the application of contract law in various contexts with case law, relevant portions of the Uniform Commercial Code, the Restatements, Convention on the International Sale of Goods, and treatises. This course will explore the bases of contract law, creation and termination rights, the role of capital markets, problems in contract formation, contract interpretation theories, and settlement strategies.

Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, 3 credits (2100 minutes)

 

This course focuses upon both federal and state criminal law in the United States. Most criminal law is contained in statutes. Students will gain an understanding of the entire time-frame of a crime, from commission through prosecution and possible imprisonment. All types of crimes are covered including white collar crime. Cutting-edge criminal law issues in the U.S. are discussed. This course will also examine the procedural rules of criminal cases. It covers provisions of the Bill of Rights that regulate the government's pursuit and prosecution of criminal defendants. Important issues such as search and seizure and self-incrimination are covered with emphasis on the fourth through eighth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

 

Real Property, 2 credits (1400 minutes)

 

This course examines the common law and statutory codes of property law, which is primarily a matter of state law. It will also touch upon real estate transactions, the environmental law aspects of property, and the basic organization of U.S. intellectual property and technology law.

 

Professional Responsibility, 2 credits (1400 minutes)

 

This course will detail the rules of Professional Responsibility, including state and ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and leading federal and state case law on the subject.  The course will delve into the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the United States legal profession and its members. 

 

Business Organizations, 2 credits (1400 minutes)

 

This course provides an understanding of the various organizational structures available to businesses including foreign businesses operating in the U.S. These structures include corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. There will be an overview of business formation and the state and federal laws that govern businesses including the U.S. Securities Acts. The course compares U.S. corporate law to that of select foreign countries and discusses relevant international treaties.

 

Torts, 2 credits (1400 minutes)

 

This course explores the unique tort system of the U.S., where individuals sue for personal wrongs committed against them. Torts consists primarily of laws made by judges, and the course provides students with insight into the U.S. common law system. Real-world subjects of recent suits will be examined in areas including products liability and environmental harms. The concept of "class actions" will be studied.

 

Wills, Trusts and Successions, 2 credits (1400 minutes)

 

This course examines wills, trusts, and other methods for preserving and transferring wealth or property to beneficiaries in the context of death or economic planning. The course will describe how estate and other taxes affect the drafting of these legal documents.