Course Descriptions for Summer 2021

Last update: April 22, 2021

This tentative course schedule is subject to change.

Corporations (3 credits)

S. Rochelle McCrackin, Adjunct Professor of Law

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.

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

International Intellectual Property Law (3 credits)

William Huss, Retired Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

This course will cover fundamental features of legal principles applicable to the acquisition and use of US, Japanese and EU patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and other miscellaneous intellectual property. In addition, the course will discuss various legal issues arising out of the commercial exploitation of patents, trademarks and copyrights, particularly involving licensing in an international business context.

Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)

Mason Hester, Adjunct Professor of Law

This course explores legal research, writing, and advocacy. After being introduced to the U.S. legal system and basic research techniques (including on-line databases 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.

Legal Research and Writing II: International LLM Persuasive Writing (3 credits)

Tina Saunders, Director and Associate Professor of Instruction in Law, Temple Law School, Japan Campus

This course offers students an opportunity to satisfy the graduation advanced writing and research requirement. In this course, students will analyze legal problems and learn the day-to-day skill of persuasive legal communication. Students will improve competencies in 1) researching, analyzing, and solving a culturally nuanced problem; 2) reading and synthesizing cases to support legal arguments; 3) persuasive communication and writing; and 4) developing practical lawyering skills in oral argument.

Note: This course has limited enrollment and is for students who already completed Introduction to U.S. Legal Systems and/or Legal Research and Writing I, or for students nearing the completion of the U.S. Law LL.M. or Certificate programs.

Property (3 credits)

Sabrina Hassanali, Attorney and Programs Director, For Empowering Women (FEW), Tokyo Japan

This course explores the basic relationships in forms of real and personal property ownership and considers the devices for transferring ownership of property. The topics covered will include modes of acquisition (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.

Guided Research (2 or 3 credits)

Tina Saunders, Director and Associate Professor of Instruction in Law, Temple Law School, Japan Campus

This independent research offers students an opportunity to (1) satisfy the graduation advanced writing and research 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.

This course has limited enrollment.

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