Curriculum

LL.M. in U.S. Law for International Lawyers – Core Curriculum (26 credit hours*)

Each Credit Hour equals 700 minutes of instruction. The total minutes included in the program amount to 18,200 minutes.

Legal Analysis, Reasoning, and Communication, 2 credits (1400 minutes)

This course will introduce students to the skills of effective legal writing and communication in the United States. The course will cover important topics for all students to understand the United States legal system and legal writing and communication, including the following: sources of law and hierarchy of the authorities; analyzing and using legal authorities; legal research strategies and process; legal reasoning; the United States legal writing paradigm for both objective and persuasive legal writing; plagiarism; writing techniques, oral advocacy and communication; and strategies for taking a Multi-state Performance Test (MPT) exam. This course has been designed specifically in response to the Washington Bar statement that the course meets the following specifications: a minimum of 1400 minutes in legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem solving, and oral and written communication.

Constitutional Law, 3 credits (2100 minutes)

This course provides a broad overview of Constitutional Law, with emphasis on the subjects of federalism, judicial review, due process, and individual rights.

Civil Procedure, 3 credits (2100 minutes)

This course examines the procedural aspects of civil disputes in the U.S., under both state and federal systems, and looks at the court systems and the processes of bringing and defending cases. The course will examine the unique U.S. process of the discovery of evidence, including depositions and document production. 

Evidence, 2 credits (1400 minutes)

This course will provide a thorough working knowledge of the Federal Rules of Evidence and how those rules are applied to govern the flow of information to the fact finder during trial through study of such concepts of relevancy, hearsay, privileges, authentication and impeachment.

Contracts and Sales, 3 credits (2100 minutes)

This course introduces students to practical issues in contract law theories and doctrines. This course will survey the application of contract law in various contexts with case law, relevant portions of the Uniform Commercial Code, the Restatements, and treatises. This course will explore the bases of contract law, creation and termination rights, problems in contract formation, contract interpretation theories, and damages.

Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, 3 credits (2100 minutes)

This course focuses upon both federal and state criminal law in the United States. Most criminal law is contained in statutes. Students will gain an understanding of the entire time-frame of a crime, from commission through prosecution and possible imprisonment. All types of crimes are covered including white collar crime. Cutting-edge criminal law issues in the U.S. are discussed. This course will also examine the procedural rules of criminal cases. It covers provisions of the Bill of Rights that regulate the government’s pursuit and prosecution of criminal defendants. Important issues such as search and seizure and self-incrimination are covered with emphasis on the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Real Property, 2 credits (1400 minutes)

This course examines the common law and statutory codes of property law which is primarily a matter of state law. It will also touch upon real estate transactions and the trend of integrating contract law principles into property law jurisprudence. The course is intended as a survey of the real property topics covered on the Multi-State Bar Examination (MBE).

Professional Responsibility, 2 credits (1400 minutes)

This course is an examination of the rules that regulate the legal profession including The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, the California Rules of Professional Conduct, and the Washington Rules of Professional Conduct. This course will allow students to gain a thorough understanding of the topics covered on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, the California Bar Examination, and the Washington Bar Examination, including lawyer advertising, solicitation of clients, specialization, conflicts of interest, competence, legal malpractice, fees, confidentiality, and obligations to clients, the court, and society. Students will apply applicable ethics rules to identify and resolve ethical problems within the practice of law.

Business Organizations, 2 credits (1400 minutes)

This course examines the structure and operation of business organizations in the United States. The course begins with an examination of agency law (which applies to all business entities) and then focuses on general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and corporations.

Torts, 2 credits (1400 minutes)

This course will provide a thorough working knowledge of the key concepts of Tort law in the United States. The course will cover issues related to intentional torts and negligence and the defenses that relate to tort claims.

Wills, Trusts and Successions, 2 credits (1400 minutes)

This course is designed to explore the legal principles and policies underlying the law of wealth and property transfer. At the end of this course, students will know the fundamental principles and ethical constraints in this area. Students will also be able to understand and analyze the various methods a decedent may use to pass property to others at death, including by wills, trusts, and intestate succession.


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