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Summer 2017 LLM in International Law Class Descriptions

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Comparative Law - Paris (Pierre Legrand)
LWYP528

2 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): LLM in International Law (LLMI)

Most courses in law school are about U.S. law. This course is different as it focuses on foreign law. Obviously, foreign law matters to all U.S. lawyers operating on the international scene, for example in international business or in international arbitration. And just as evidently, foreign law is very important within national law. Indeed, a huge quantity of legal situations in the U.S. involve foreign law (whether it be a contract entered into in New York governed by German law or a deceased person from San Francisco bequeathing real estate in France or the victims of a massive chemical explosion in India suing in U.S. courts). More controversially, there are those (including a number of U.S. Supreme Court Justices) who claim that, in an age of globalization when the U.S. is more interconnected with the rest of the world than ever before, U.S. law ought to derive inspiration from foreign law, for instance in constitutional litigation involving the death penalty or the rights of sexual minorities. This course will apply itself to this debate and discuss to what extent foreign law can or must act as persuasive authority. It will also consider two primordial questions. First, how could a U.S. lawyer get to know foreign law despite all the cultural differences arising across laws? Secondly, to what extent is meaningful understanding of foreign law possible? As regards these issues, various theoretical topics will be raised from an interdisciplinary perspective and some case-studies pertaining to human rights will be considered. 

Global Antitrust: Principles and Selected Applications - London (Roy Hoffinger)
LWYL537

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): LLM in International Law (LLMI)

More than 100 national or regional governments worldwide have adopted antitrust ("competition") laws, affecting all businesses participating in global markets. This course will explore the common principles underlying these laws, as well as the many differences in principle and application. It will be taught by one of the few practicing attorneys who has litigated to completion antitrust cases before government agencies in China, Europe, South Korea and Japan in addition to the U.S. The course will provide a "real world" perspective by covering the interaction of substantive law, agency process and other forces resulting in particular outcomes.

Immigration Clinic I (Sandra M. Wagner)
LWVL530

1-4 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement(s): Experiential
Concentration(s): LLM in International Law (LLMI)

Students gain practical experience through interviewing, counseling, and representing clients with immigration-related problems. Students have the opportunity to assist clients with a range of immigration issues such as naturalization, lawful permanent residency, derivative citizenship, deferred action, and U-visa and VAWA for domestic violence and abuse victims. Students may attend U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services interviews related to their client’s applications. Students may also attend and participate in community immigration outreach. Weekly meetings are held with the clinic supervisor and other interns to discuss immigration law, practical application and casework. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. No Prerequisites.

A mandatory orientation session will be held on Friday, June 9th from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Warren Hall 3B.

 

Immigration Clinic II (Sandra M. Wagner)
LWVL531

1-4 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement(s): Experiential
Concentration(s): LLM in International Law (LLMI)

Clinic II interns refine their skills, working on complex cases and cases already begun as Clinic I interns. Students may mentor first time clinic participants, serve as lead attorney on cases, and have additional opportunities to appear in court or administrative proceedings. Supervising attorneys/adjunct professors provide individualized coaching, based on the Clinic II interns’ needs and interests. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Clinic I in the same clinic. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis.

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