Course Descriptions for Fall 2019

Last update: June 21, 2019

This tentative course schedule is subject to change.

Corporations

Professor:
Kate Borun, Adjunct Professor
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Thursday, 18:45-21:30

This course will focus on the legal, practical, and policy aspects of doing business as a corporation. After first examining the nature of the corporation and its role in society, it will then distinguish that form from other forms of business entities. We will discuss the choice of organizational form, the incorporation process, the financial structure of the corporation, the allocation of responsibility for management and control of the organization (the roles, powers, rights, and responsibilities of directors, officers, and shareholders), fiduciary duties, and organic changes.

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

International Law

Professor:
John Price, Adjunct Professor
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Tuesday, 18:45-21:30

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.

Notes: 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.

International Organizations

Professor:
Grant Stillman, Adjunct Professor
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Wednesday, 18:45-21:30

The United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and World Trade Organization have become important actors in international law shaping the modern world. This course surveys the law and practice of these and other international organizations and their basic legal characteristics in international law and in the municipal (or domestic) law of their member states. The main subjects cover legal status and capacity, privileges and immunities, membership and governance, international agreements, dispute settlement and enforcement techniques. The lecturer will draw on 20 years’ practical experience as a legal adviser to international financial institutions.

Legal Research and Writing

Professor:
Alexius Miller, Adjunct Professor
Maurice Rabb, Adjunct Professor
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Monday, 18:45-21:30

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.

Torts

Professor:
Tina Saunders, Director and Associate Professor of Instruction in Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Tuesday, 18:45-21:30

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.

Notes: This subject is heavily 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
Day & Time:
-

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.

US Bar Exam Study Course

Professor:
Mason Hester, Adjunct Professor
Credit Hours:
Non-credit
Day & Time:
Saturday, 10:00-13:00

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.

Notes: This class has limited enrollment.