Course Descriptions for Fall 2018

Last update: August 29, 2018

This tentative course schedule is subject to change.

Business Planning For International Transactions

Professor:
Julie Miller
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Monday, 18:30-21:30
Room:
403

This course covers issues that arise when business organizations conduct international transactions. It will address topics such as the international legal and economic environments, international sale of goods, agency and distributorship agreements, licensing agreements, establishment of operations abroad, mergers and acquisitions, development agreements and financing.

Criminal Law

Professor:
Catherine L. Pugh, Civil Rights Attorney
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Tuesday, 18:30-21:30
Room:
504

This course involves a basic study of criminal law and examines the elements of a number of major crimes. It will also analyze various principles and historical trends that influence important prerequisites to the government's taking of one's liberty through incarceration. In this crime and punishment course, the effect of an alleged criminal actor's mental state, affirmative defenses, and responsibility for other's actions will be covered.

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

International Law

Professor:
Grant Stillman
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Wednesday, 18:30-21:30
Room:
504

This course surveys the fundamental concepts of public international law and practice. Areas of principal focus include the nature and sources of international law; international personality and recognition; treaties and customary international law; international dispute resolution; international organizations, NGOs and regimes, such as the Law of the Sea; state responsibility for injuries and remedies; the use of force; and transnational reach of domestic law and conflict of law.

TLLM candidates who have not taken International Law during their prior studies must take this course in addition to the 24 credits required to earn the degree.

Introduction to the American Legal System

Professor:
Tina Saunders, Director and Associate Professor of Instruction in Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Credit Hours:
2 credits
Day & Time:
15 classes. Wednesday, 18:45-20:45
Room:
403 (405 on 10/17 & 11/14)

This Course is intended to provide the student from a non-common law background with an introduction to the basic concepts, structures and institutions of the American Legal System. Topics to be covered include: historical origins of the common law system; common law method; the structure of the United States government, Federal and State; the Constitution; judicial review, structure, organization and operations of courts in the United States, civil litigation, case analysis and precedent: the legislative branch: statutes and legislative history; and the executive branch: administrative law.

This class has limited enrollment.

Legal Research And Writing

Professor:
Kyle Reykalin
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Monday, 18:30-21:30
Room:
504

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.

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

Trusts And Estates

Professor:
Zeina Exilus
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Thursday, 18:30-21:30
Room:
504

This course surveys the principal devices used in the transmission of accumulated family wealth, concentrating primarily on the requirements for creating, modifying and terminating wills and trusts. It also considers intestate succession, will substitutes and selected issues concerning future interests, powers of appointment and fiduciary administration.

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

Guided Research

Professor:
Tina Saunders, Director and Associate Professor of Instruction in Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Credit Hours:
2 or 3 credits

This independent research offers students an opportunity to (1) satisfy the mandated writing requirement, (2) develop research, writing and analytical abilities through producing a single substantive research paper and (3) work with a faculty member in an area of the teacher's interest or expertise. Students have a Faculty member agree to supervise them and must submit a signed Approval form to the Registrar to request participation.

Notes: This course satisfies the advanced writing requirement for all LL.M. Candidates.

U.S. Bar Exam Study Course

Professor:
Mason Hester
Credit Hours:
non-credit
Day & Time:
14 classes. Saturdays, 10:00-13:00
Room:
502

This course is a comprehensive lecture series on techniques and strategies to take a U.S. state bar exam. This class will help prepare you for the bar exam, the multistate/multiple-choice section (“the MBE”), state essays, and the multistate performance test ("MPT") questions. The course will use many different resources, including doctrinal lectures, classroom discussions, substantive outlines, many practice questions, and individual coaching. In this class, as with the bar exam, what matters most is results, and our goal is to make sure that each of you can use these various inputs to produce successful outcomes.

This class has limited enrollment.