Course Descriptions for Summer 2013

Civil Procedure

Professor:
Tina Saunders, Professor
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Thursday 18:30 - 21:30, and 2 sessions on Fridays on June 21 and July 19, 18:30 - 21:30
Room:
Mita 403

Civil Procedure concerns the rules and principles governing civil actions in state and federal court. This course will address the fundamental issues of court jurisdiction over the parties and the subject matter of a dispute; and the related issues of venue, conflict of laws, and the applicable body of law applied to disputes. Additional issues which will be covered include: notice and pleading requirements, joinder of additional parties/claims, obtaining evidence by discovery, and the preclusive effect of decisions. The course will focus primarily on the federal courts and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

This subject is tested on many U.S. Bar Examinations.

Conflicts of Law

Professor:
Macus Kosins, Managing Partner, Kosins International Law Office
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
11 sessions on Saturdays 10:00 - 13:30
Room:
Mita 502

This course covers problems of jurisdiction, enforcement of foreign judgments, and choice of law arising within the context of the U.S. and its federal and state courts. This course emphasizes conflicts among state laws governing daily transactions as well as principles governing enforcement. It will also pay some attention to how other countries, including Japan, resolve these conflicts.

This subject is tested on many U.S. Bar Examinations.

International Commercial Arbitration

Professor:
Aaron Ghirardelli, Professor
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
8 sessions on Wednesdays 19:00 - 21:30
8 sessions on Saturdays 14:00 - 16:30
Room:
Wednesdays: Mita 402
Saturdays: Mita 502

This course aims to foster knowledge of the rules of International Commercial Arbitration, the preferred method of dispute resolution in international trade and commerce. This course will provide students with knowledge of the legal framework of international treaties and regulations that apply to International Commercial Arbitration cases. In particular, the course will focus on issues such as applicable arbitration rules, place of arbitration, selection of arbitrators, arbitrators' authority in directing the arbitration case, and enforcement of awards.

Legal Research and Writing

Professor:
Dagmer Myslinska, Professor
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
10 sessions on Thursday 18:30 - 21:30
3 sessions on Mondays on June 3, June 17 and July 15
Room:
Thursdays: Mita 403
Mondays: TBA

This course explores legal analysis, research, and writing. After an introduction to the American legal system and basic research, students work on assigned problems to develop their writing and analytical skills, in an informal and hands-on seminar atmosphere. Students learn techniques for drafting basic legal documents, and are also introduced to basic lawyering skills such as interviewing and oral advocacy. Throughout the course, students receive extensive individualized attention from the professor, and obtain detailed critiques of their written work.

This course is required of all LL.M. in U.S. Law candidates.