Last update: February 25, 2022

Course Schedules

Spring 2022 courses run from January 17 to April 28. For further information as to courses or scheduling, please contact us.

Course Title Credits Instructor Day/Time Start Date Room
Contracts  3 Manfred Otto Thursdays, 18:45-21:30 Jan. 20 403
International Compliance Law 3 Alexander Dmitrenko Tuesdays, 18:45-21:30 Jan. 18 403
International Contract Drafting 3 John Price Wednesdays, 18:45-21:30 Jan. 19 403
Legal Research and Writing  3 Mason Hester Wednesdays, 18:45-21:30 Jan. 19 611
Professional Responsibility 3 Johnathan McCaskill Mondays, 18:45-21:30 Jan. 17 611
Guided Research 2 or 3 Tina Saunders      
US Bar Exam Study Course II Non-credit Mason Hester

Saturdays, 10:00-13:00
1/22, 29, 2/5, 19, 26, 3/5, 19, 26, 4/2, 5/14, 21, 28, 6/4 &11 (14 classes)

Jan. 22 Online


  • The schedule is subject to change.

Course Descriptions

This tentative course schedule is subject to change.

Contracts (3 credits)

Manfred Otto, Attorney at Law (New York), Senior Manager, Legal and Compliance, BMW Group Japan


This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of U.S. contract law. Areas of principal focus include offer and acceptance, consideration, interpretation and construction, conditions, breach of contract and remedies thereto. Students will also study Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

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

International Compliance Law (3 Credits)

Alexander Dmitrenko, Partner, Ashurst Tokyo


Increased globalization of commerce has substantially increased the risk of fines, sanctions and costly litigation resulting from the way and manner business is conducted around the world. Governments and various Unions have responded to globalization in varying degrees by enforcing existing laws, enacting new laws and regulatory requirements addressing competition, market manipulation, trade and corruption. Aside from costly fines levied against the Corporation, various legal regimes have begun to impose direct liability on directors, managers and third parties who have failed to implement and oversee reasonable compliance programs. These factors require a vigorous and ever changing compliance programs for corporations. A thorough understanding of compliance issues helps lawyers to craft creative and effective legal solutions for their clients. An excellent compliance program cannot only prevent problems, but discover issues at an early stage and can be used to receive credit where a corporation runs afoul of a law.

International Contract Drafting (3 credits) 

John Price, Foreign Attorney at Uryu & Itoga

John Price

This course bridges the gap between contract theory and contract practice and offers practical insights into international contracts such as licenses, distributorships and joint ventures. It will principally focus on developing skills in drafting these types of contracts, although students may also have to undertake ancillary preparation exercises.


This course satisfies the advanced writing requirement for LL.M.
This course has limited enrollment.

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.

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

Professional Responsibility (3 credits)

Johnathan McCaskill, Adjunct Professor of Law; and Legal Consultant

This interactive and participatory course is intended to provide a survey of the types of issues confronting lawyers, and particularly in-house lawyers, who advise multinational corporations on a worldwide basis. The areas to be discussed include topics that will cross corporate law (including M&As), tax law, labor and employment law, employee benefits, dispute resolution and corporate compliance. Real life examples will be used to illustrate the complicated nature yet importance of this type of practice. Further, in addition to the more substantive legal topics to be covered, the course will also be interspersed with practice tips, jurisdictional practice highlights and ethical considerations for the multinational practitioner.

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

Guided Research (2-3 credits)

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

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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.

U.S. Bar Exam Study Course II (non-credit)

Mason Hester, Adjunct Professor of Law


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.

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