Course Descriptions for Fall Semester 2015

Last update: August 14, 2015

Evidence

Professor:
Nathan Frost, US Secretary, US-Japan Joint Committee, US Forces, Japan Government; Major, USAF
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Thursdays, 18:30 – 21:30
Room:
Mita 403

An examination of the rules governing the use of evidence, including problems of relevancy, hearsay, impeachment, burden of proof, presumptions and the function of judge and jury.

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

Legal Research and Writing

Professor:
Sharon Randall, Corporate Attorney
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Saturdays, 09:00 – 12:00
Room:
Mita 503

This course explores legal research, writing, and advocacy. After being introduced to the U.S. legal system and basic research techniques (including on-line data bases such as LexisNexis), students work on assigned problems to develop their writing and analytical skills. The program aims to develop basic legal research and writing skills in an informal, hands-on seminar atmosphere.

Note: This course is required of all LL.M. in U.S. Law Candidates.

Property

Professor:
Barry McCarthy, Director & Associate Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Japan Campus
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Wednesdays, 18:30 – 21:30
No classes: Wed. Sept. 9 & Wed. Sept. 23.
Make-up classes: Sat. Sept. 12 (1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.) & Fri. Sept. 25 (6:30 p.m.--9:30 p.m.)
Room:
Mita 502

This course explores the basic relationships in systems of ownership of personality and realty and considers the devices for transferring ownership of property. The topics covered will include modes of acquisition of property (e.g., capture, find, creation), adverse possession, present possessory estates and future interests, co-ownership of property, and marital property.

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

Torts

Professor:
Tina Saunders, Professor
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Mondays, 18:30 – 21:30
No class: Sept. 21 (last class meeting is Nov. 30)
Room:
Mita 402

Torts is the study of civil wrongs, which refers to harm caused by wrongful acts that are non-contractual. This course examines the basic principles governing private remedies for civil wrongs. It covers various theories of liability, including negligence for personal injuries and property damages, strict liability based on fault, and products liability. The course will explore the doctrines and policies that underlie those theories as well as defenses, recoverable damages, and related issues.

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