This course provides an introduction to the legal system of the United States and will explore a series of representative topics in American law. In particular, the course will examine the basic structure of the US consitutional system, the powers of each branch of government, basic rights and liberties of citizens, jurisdiction, the litigation process and the substantive law fields of contract and tort law. The course is designed as a survey course for foreign law students and will not provide an in-depth treatment of the topics.
This course will have a letter-graded, open-book final examination covering all the materials assigned for the course. Class participation will be graded PASS/FAIL. A "FAIL" in class participation will result in a failing grade for the entire course. Attendance and advance class preparation are mandatory. More than three unexcused absences will result in an automatic failure for the course.
Charles F. Abernathy, LAW IN THE UNITED STATES: CASES AND MATERIALS (1996 edition)
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My office is Room 334 (tel: 212-636-6843). I am usually available in my office before class for conferences as well as other times by appointment . In addition, I will hold "virtual office hours" and can be reached via e-mail, 24 hours/day at <email@example.com>
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Revisions to these assignments may be posted during the course of the semester.
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William Hughes Mulligan Visiting Professor of
International Legal Studies (Fordham)
Professor of Law and Director of
International Economic Law Studies (Univ. de Paris-Sorbonne)
Constitutional Rights and Liberties pp. 506-511; 518-521; 532-536; 574-578
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