- Introduce foreign-trained students to American law and legal institutions and to the U.S. first-year curriculum.
- Familiarize incoming LLMs with the Socratic method.
Section 001, Fall 2018
This course introduces U.S. law and the U.S. legal system to students who have received their previous education and training in another legal system. Through close reading and discussion of judicial opinions, statutes, administrative regulations, scholarly writing and other materials in constitutional law, private law (tort, contract, property), administrative law, criminal law, and civil and criminal procedure and process, the course offers a selective field survey of the law school curriculum; special emphasis is placed on canonical cases and core concepts from the foundational first-year of U.S. law study. A central theme of the course is the difference between the common law and civil law, and so far as is practical, we will situate and analyze the U.S. materials within a comparative perspective. By the end of the course, students can expect to have become familiar with the key terms, interpretive methods, modes of argument and institutional arrangements that are distinctive to American law and legal culture, and that require particular attention by students trained abroad.
For purposes of further instruction as well as training in research and writing, the class is divided into smaller sections that meet with an Associate in Law one hour for every two hours of the main course.
MTWRF 10:00-12:00 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Limited to Columbia LLM candidates.