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Topics in American Law (LLM Only) (Spring 2019)

  • Course Number: LAW-521
  • Class Number: 04035
  • Instructor: John Heilman

Course Description

This course is designed to give students an overview of major legal doctrines in the United States with a special emphasis on topics students must know to take a bar examination in the United States. Students will be exposed to the following topics: Torts (compensation for personal injuries); Criminal Law; Constitutional Criminal Procedure; Evidence; Contracts; Real Property; and, Trusts.

Course Objectives:

               The goals of the course are to:

1. Provide students with an understanding of the basic doctrines of the subjects identified in the previous paragraph;

2. Provide students with exposure to bar-examination style essay and multiple choice questions.

3. Assist students with their writing by providing feedback on at least two written assignments.

4. Prepare students to study for and successfully take a bar examination in the United States.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: Friday, 10:00a-12:50p
  • Room Number: Room 3
  • Exam: In-class multiple choice exam and a take-home essay exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
  • Participation: Not graded but class assignments required
  • Class Recordings: Never
  • Access To Recordings: Not Available