The Catholic University of America
 LL.M. Program

Comparative and International Law Course Descriptions

Below is a list of are course descriptions that may be taken and applied towards a student's LL.M. concentration in Comparative and International Law. Students will work with a faculty adviser to select a group of courses, which best suits the path a student is interested in following.


Administrative Law (3 hrs.)
This course involves the study of the administrative process, including formal and informal processes within various administrative agencies; as well as judicial, legislative, and executive control of administrative activity. The investigative, interpretative, rulemaking, adjudicatory, and enforcement operations of administrative agencies will be covered. Prof. Breger, Prof. Gregg, Prof. Mintz.

 

Advanced Legal Research and Writing (3 hrs.) — WC

This course will develop students’ writing and research skills by guiding them through the process of researching for and writing a case note on a pending Supreme Court case. The first component of the course will be devoted to the development of advanced legal research skills including planning research strategies, field research, research in public records, constitutional law research, statutes, legislative histories, tracking legislation, treaties, administrative and executive publications, agency rules, regulations and adjudications, government documents, case finding, case verification, secondary sources, looseleaf services, LEXIS, WESTLAW, Internet resources, nonlegal research, and specialized legal research. The remainder of the course will be devoted to the refinement of writing skills, focusing particularly on organization, use of authority, and development of an effective writing style. Successful completion of this course fulfills one half of the upper-level writing requirement. Students who are taking or have already taken Advanced Legal Research or a course on legal literature taught by the School of Library and Information Science may not take this course. Prof. Harmon, Ms. Vuono, Prof. Williams.


Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques (2 hrs.) — req. QP or PP

The seminar is a limited-enrollment (20 students) course that looks at mechanisms for resolving disputes other than the mechanism of litigation. It concentrates on negotiation, arbitration, mediation-conciliation, and the so-called “rent-a-judge” and the “mini-trial” proposals. The seminar will be mainly an in-depth discussion and analysis of the individual devices, and will evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the alternatives in relation to litigation. A number of guest lecturers will attend and participate. Students will participate in simulations and be critiqued on their individual performance. Class participation by all members of the seminar is required and the final grade will be based on the research paper or portfolio papers written by each participant. Each student will be required to give a short, oral presentation on his or her paper topic toward the end of the semester. This course requires a qualifying course paper or portfolio papers that fulfill one half of the upper-level writing requirement. Refer to Academic Rule XIII — Writing Requirement and Directed Research.  Prof. Woods. 


Becoming an International Lawyer (1 or 2 hrs.)
This externship seminar is similar to Becoming a Lawyer, except that students' field placements are in international law and class discussion focuses on issues that relate to the practice of international law. Students in the Comparative and International Law Institute should take this course to fulfill one of the externship requirements for the certificate. Students normally receive a total of one credit for this course.  However, students may receive one additional credit (two total credits) for conducting legal research and advocacy on a pre-selected international law related topic.  This project will enable students to draft a legal writing sample for their job search and learn pertinent employment skills related to working in an international legal capacity.  Students should enroll in “Legal Externship” while taking this course to receive credits for their fieldwork. Pass/fail option. Ms. Feasley


Comparative and International Trade (Day, 3 hrs.; Eve., 2 hrs.)
This course examines the major issues of international trade and its regulation at the national and international level. The focus is on the U.S. trade laws, including the tariff system and customs laws, the safeguard provisions, antidumping and countervailing duty remedies, and retaliatory measures. Attendant issues such as the distribution of powers to regulate international trade, the delegation doctrine, and judicial review of regulating agencies are also examined. The international regulatory framework — principally, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the World Trade Organization — are examined in some detail, with a focus on the fundamental rule of nondiscrimination, the resolution of disputes through the dispute settlement system, and the relationship between international agreements and the United States law. Finally, the course also examines specialized topics including free trade areas and customs unions, treatment of nonmarket/transitional economies, developing countries, and international trade in service. Prof. Ludwikowski.
 
Comparative European Legal History: 
Roman Law and the 
Ius commune (3 hrs.)
This course surveys European legal history from Roman law to the Renaissance of Rome as part of the Ius commune in the 11th and 12th centuries. The purpose of the course is to introduce two of the great legal traditions of the Western European tradition: Roman law and the Ius commune. The course begins with an examination of Justinian’s Corpus iuris civilis in the sixth century AD. It explores the main areas of Roman family law, torts, contracts, and property law. After establishing the broad outline of Roman legal concepts, the course will explore the revival of Roman law in Italy at the end of the 11th century, and its adoption by the law schools of Europe, and its integration into the Ius commune. This part of the course describes how the jurists of the 12th to the eighteenth centuries used principles, norms, categories, and concepts of Roman law and applied them to every European legal system. A fuller description of this course, as well as the syllabus and reading materials can be found online at: http://faculty.cua.edu/pennington/Law508/Law508.htmlProf. Pennington.
 
Comparative Law (2 hrs.) — opt. QP
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with knowledge about the basic legal systems in the world. Special emphasis will be given throughout the course to legal systems in Great Britain, France, Germany, and the countries of the former Soviet bloc. The course begins with discussion of legal education and the legal professions in these countries. The basic principles of British, French, and German constitutional law are studied to provide the political background necessary to compare these legal systems. The course also examines judicial structures and court organization, as well as key principles of criminal and civil procedures. Prof. Ludwikowski, Prof. Watson.
 
 
Conflict of Laws (3 hrs.)
The course introduces students to the problems arising when clients are confronted with private law matters having multistate or multinational elements. The course emphasizes the traditional concerns of conflicts of law, jurisdiction of courts, choice of law, and the recognition and enforcement of judgments. Prof. Destro, Prof. Perez.  
 

Corporate Finance Seminar (2 hrs.)
The course examines the major financial and structural changes that an on-going corporation might experience. Topics that explored include valuation methods, leverage finance, debt instruments, share repurchase tactics, merger techniques, going-private transactions, hostile and friendly tender-offers, recapitalizations, acquisitions, and spin-offs. These subjects will be analyzed in terms of their corporate and securities law implications, as well as for related economic and policy concerns. Corporations required. A previous or contemporaneous course in securities is recommended. A good understanding of business can serve as a substitute. Limited enrollment. Prof. Lipton.


Directed Research (2 hrs.)
This course offers students the opportunity to conduct original, in-depth legal research and produce a quality, written analysis in an area of special interest under the close supervision of a faculty member. The course will fulfill one of the two upper-class writing requirements if the student achieves a final grade of at least a B-. A faculty member who agrees to serve as the student’s supervising instructor will provide guidance and feedback throughout the research and writing process. The student’s final grade will reflect the supervising instructor’s evaluation of the quality of the student’s legal research and legal analysis, as well as the quality of his/her legal writing. Although the page number requirement is left to the supervising instructor's discretion, it is unlikely that a paper of acceptable quality could be completed in fewer than 40 pages. To register, a student must submit a statement of topic, signed by the supervising instructor, that describes the proposed research topic and establishes the tentative research and writing schedule. The signed statement of topic must be submitted to the Office of the Academic Dean before the end of the add/drop period for the semester. (See Academic Rule XIII). Faculty.

 

Foreign Affairs and the Constitution (3 hrs.)
This course examines the constitutional and statutory doctrines regulating the conduct of American foreign relations. Topics include the distribution of foreign relations powers between the three branches of the federal government, the status of international law in U.S. courts, the scope of the treaty power, the validity of executive agreements, the preemption of state foreign relations activities, the power to declare and conduct war, the presumption (if any) against extra territoriality extradition and extraterritorial abduction and the political question and other doctrines regulating judicial review in foreign relations cases. Among the statutes discussed are the Alien Torts Statute, the Torture Victims Protection Act, the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA), the War Powers Resolution and the Authorization for the Use of Military Force. Students will note a number of short papers which will assist students in improving their legal analysis and in application of doctrine. The papers in the aggregate should fulfill the “qualifying course paper” portion of the writing requirement. Students who wish to write a single extensive qualifying course paper can do so with prior arrangement of the professor. It is advisable to have taken a constitutional law course that has included study of the structural constitution. Prof. Breger.
 
 
Human Trafficking Seminar (2 hrs.)

Trafficking in persons is a global human rights violation that constitutes a contemporary form of slavery. This course is designed to examine the various issues related to human trafficking, including forced labor, sex trafficking, bonded labor, debt bondage, involuntary servitude, forced child labor, child soldiers, child sex trafficking, organ trafficking, forced and early marriage, and domestic servitude.  Other related practices, such as the sale of children for irregular inter-country adoption and the sale of wives through transnational marriages, will also be covered. The course is designed to expose students to a survey selection of contemporary issues related to the trafficking in persons and efforts to combat it on both the domestic and international levels. The course will analyze the laws of the United States as well as relevant international conventions and protocols.  The American statutes reviewed consist of those addressing trafficking in human beings, including those related to alien smuggling, immigration, international aid, slavery, involuntary servitude, the transportation of a person in interstate or foreign commerce for the purpose of prostitution under the Mann Act, and the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act, as amended in 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2013. The course will also cover the international trafficking prohibitions of the various international conventions including the Protocol to Prevent and Punish the Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, the relevant portions of the UN Convention on Human Rights, and the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, among many others. The course will emphasize the human rights based approach to trafficking in persons and the recognition of the trafficked person as a victim of a crime. The course will also inquire into the role of government corruption and organized crime in facilitating the crime of trafficking. Lastly, the course will examine practical obstacles and challenges to the implementation of U.S. laws. This will include national and international actors’ differing approaches to prevention and prosecution, enforcement challenges, and competing priorities. This course includes a qualifying course paper that fulfills one half of the upper-level writing requirement. Prof. Leary

 
Immigration Law and Policy (2 hrs.)
This course is a survey of immigration law and the policy implications both informing and resulting from the immigration field. The course will explore the constitutional limits of the federal immigration power as enunciated in the federal courts, and the different roles of the departments and federal agencies involved in the administration and enforcement of immigration law. It discusses the various categories of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, as well as the procedures used for admission into the United States. In addition, the course reviews removal grounds and the procedures, including appellate practice, used in removing aliens from the United States. International and domestic law affecting refugees, asylum seekers, and torture victims is also discussed. Finally, the course provides an overview of employment verification requirements and the requirements of acquiring and losing citizenship. Administrative Law is a suggested, but not required, prerequisite. Mr. Mooers. 
 
 
Immigration Litigation Clinic (6 hrs., full year)

The Immigration Litigation Clinic (ILC) is a six-credit, year-long course that provides eligible students with intensive exposure to immigration litigation practice through a combination of actual trial practice and classroom work.  Under the supervision of experienced immigration attorneys, ILC students represent noncitizens who have been placed in removal proceedings, assisting them in seeking relief from removal so they may remain in the United States, preserving family unity and keeping them safe from persecution and torture.  ILC students work in teams of two, each of which is assigned a complex matter.  They have full responsibility for every aspect of their cases, and the course culminates in the students’ representation of their clients before the Baltimore and Arlington Immigration Courts.  Through this experience, students are able to refine writing and research skills, develop effective trial techniques and other lawyering skills, and learn what it is like to be a practicing attorney.  

ILC students attend two classes per week, comprising of lecture, discussion, participatory exercises and simulations, and actual casework. While the seminar classes are held at the Columbus School of Law, students meet with their clients and work substantively on their cases at the Immigration Legal Services office of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.  In addition to the class meetings, students are expected to meet regularly with their supervisors to discuss their casework.    

The ILC accepts up to 10 second, third, and fourth year students who have already taken Immigration Law or who are enrolled in Immigration Law in the fall semester.  Students earn six credits (three credits per semester) and must commit to approximately 20 hours of work per week.  Students receive a mid-year evaluation at the end of the fall semester and a final grade at the end of the spring semester.  In taking the ILC course, students may also satisfy the Portfolio Writing Requirement, Practical Skills, and Transition to Practice requirements.  Ms. Collopy, Ms. Mendez


International Business Transactions (3 hrs.) — req. QP
This course concentrates on private business transactions that cross national boundaries. After an examination of some basic international and comparative law principles, the course examines various types of international commercial agreements such as joint ventures, contracts for the sale of goods, agency and distribution agreements, and franchises. In addition, the course includes some practical exercises in negotiating and drafting international business contracts, and examines methods of dispute resolution such as international commercial arbitration. Guest lecturers may address some specialized topics during the semester. This course requires a qualifying course paper that fulfills one half of the upper-level writing requirement. Refer to Academic Rule XIII — Writing Requirement and Directed Research. The final grade is based on a contract-drafting exercise. Prof. Perez.


Introduction to American Law and Legal Methods (3 hrs.)
This course, which is designed exclusively for M.L.S. students, provides an overview of the United States legal system and teaches the process of legal analysis. Coverage will include the structure of the United States government; sources of law; judicial and court processes; legal reasoning; the role of the lawyer; and foundational legal issues related to first year courses, such as Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contacts, Criminal Law, Torts and Property. Students will develop analytical and research skills through various oral and written exercises. Specifically, students will learn how to identify and extract rules from cases and how to apply those rules to other factual scenarios. Students will also be introduced to the techniques of statutory analysis and interpretation. Ms. Vuono.
 

International Criminal Law (2 hrs.)
This focus of this course is the international framework for combating crime, including the role that the United States plays in developing vehicles for bilateral and multilateral cooperation. The course examines responses to offenses traditionally viewed as “international crimes” (e.g., genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and piracy), as well as transnational criminal conduct that increasingly is seen as undermining sovereignty, stability, and the rule of law (e.g., narcotics trafficking, terrorism, organized crime and money laundering). Major topics include jurisdiction (including extraterritoriality issues), international criminal tribunals, extradition, mutual legal assistance, substantive international and transnational crimes, law enforcement activities undertaken abroad, and immunities. The class explores selected emerging tensions that affect international criminal law, including military vs. law enforcement responses to terrorism, and the need for individual criminal accountability vs. collective truth and reconciliation approaches to post-conflict situations. Prof. Watson.
 
 
International Commercial Arbitration (3 hrs.)
International Commercial Arbitration addresses two basic and interrelated elements of modern international commerce: the transnational contract law that governs transnational commercial agreements and international arbitration, which provides the common means for resolving disputes between parties to such agreements. All elements of international arbitration will be covered in the course. This includes: the art of drafting the arbitration agreements that establish arbitral jurisdiction; The New York Convention, which requires signatory countries to enforce international arbitration agreements and resulting arbitral awards; Title II of the U.S. Federal Arbitration Act, which implements the obligations the New York Convention imposes on signatory nations; the Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL), which has been adopted in many countries; the differences between institutional and ad hoc arbitration; the qualifications, appointment and ethical obligations of arbitrators; interim measures – the arbitral analogue of preliminary injunctions; the arbitration hearing process; the nature of arbitral awards; and the confirmation, setting aside and enforcement of arbitral awards. The intersection between international arbitration and transnational contract law will be illustrated through reference to one of the problems constructed for a prior year’s Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Through this approach, the course will address the major differences between traditional United States contract law and the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”), which establishes the contract rules commonly applied in transnational dealings. This aspect of the course will compare conventional United States sales law as represented by Article II of the UCC and the Restatement with the CISG. The influence of Civil Law systems on the CISG, and the consequences of that influence in drafting transnational contracts and handling dispute under such contracts will be covered. Included are (1) contract formation; (2) performance and breach (including the CISG concept of fundamental breach, notice requirements, opportunities to cure, and defenses to breach), (3) remedies, and (4) the significance of contract-based concepts of "good faith" in the different legal systems. Ms. Gogadze, Mr. Weinstein.
 
   
International Intellectual Property Law (2 hrs.)
An overview of the international aspects of intellectual property law, focusing on the major areas of copyright, patent, and trademark law. The course covers the development and nature of international protection under domestic law, as well as under bilateral and multilateral agreements; the use of trade negotiations as a mechanism for the implementation and harmonization of rights; and enforcement problems, including issues of jurisdiction, territoriality, exhaustion of rights, and conflicts of law. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: Introduction to Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, Copyright Law, Trademark Law, or Trademarks and Unfair Competition. Mr. Chambers, Ms. Claggett, Prof. Fischer, Mr. Laskoski.
 
 
International Human Rights Law (3 hrs.) — E or req. QP
This one-semester course explores the development of international human rights standards and the role of international organizations in establishing and applying those rights. The materials focus on the development of the international law of human rights, particular areas of current attention, the legal basis for the authority of international bodies to act, the resolution of disputes between nations, and the monitoring and enforcement mechanisms applicable to human rights. Attention will also be given to the relationship between international human rights law and domestic legal remedies, as well as to the interpretation and application of treaties in the legal systems of the states that are parties to them. At the option of the instructor, the course will either require an examination or a qualifying course paper that will fulfill one-half of the upper-level writing requirement. Prof. Watson. 
 
 
Introduction to American Law and Legal Methods (3 hrs.)
This course, which is designed exclusively for M.L.S. students, provides an overview of the United States legal system and teaches the process of legal analysis.  Coverage will include the structure of the United States government; sources of law; judicial and court processes; legal reasoning; the role of the lawyer; and foundational legal issues related to first year courses, such as Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contacts, Criminal Law, Torts and Property.  Students will develop analytical and research skills through various oral and written exercises.  Specifically, students will learn how to identify and extract rules from cases and how to apply those rules to other factual scenarios.  Students will also be introduced to the techniques of statutory analysis and interpretation.  Ms. Vuono.
 
 
Islamic Law (2 hrs.)
This course is a basic introduction to Islamic law (Fiqh) and Islamic legal theory (Ussul al-Fiqh). It assists the student in understanding how Islamic law was instituted and has developed over time, particularly after the demise of the Holy Prophet (Pbuh), with reference to five different schools of thought (Mahaheb). Students also study, in detail, the sources of Islamic law, i.e., The Holy Book (Quaran), Tradition (Sunna), Consensus (Ijma), Reason (Aql), and Analogy (Qiyas). The course also covers practical issues such as the law of personal status and the position of women (marriage and divorce), criminal law (Hudud, Qisas, Tazir), and economics (taxes: Khoms, Zakat). The basis for the final grade is primarily a seminar paper. Dr. Iravani.   
 
 

Law Journal Editing (2 hrs. over two semesters; pass/fail)
This course is mandatory for third- and fourth-year law journal members who supervise student writing projects (as determined by each editor-in-chief); it is optional for other third- and fourth-year journal members. During the first five weeks of the semester, the course focuses on topic selection, publication decisions, substantive editing, style editing, word editing, and professional working relationships. The instructor provides editing exercises and workshops and leads discussions of classic law review articles and trends in legal scholarship. For the remainder of the semester, students supervise and edit at least two student writing projects or critique or edit at least two other manuscripts submitted to the law journal. During this time the instructor conducts editing tutorials, as the need arises, and is available for student conferences. If a student has not completed the required editing assignments by the end of the first semester, work may continue into the second semester, in which case course credit will not be awarded until the end of the second semester. The journal faculty adviser, in consultation with the editor-in-chief, must certify that each student has successfully completed the required assignments. The course may fulfill one of the two upper-class writing requirements, but a student may not count BOTH this course and Law Journal Writing toward completion of the upper-class writing requirement. Refer to Academic Rule XIII — Writing Requirement and Directed Research. Prof. Harmon. 


Law Journal Writing (2 hrs. over two semesters; pass/fail)
This course is open only to students who are producing a writing project for one of the school’s law journals. These students must take this course if they choose to receive academic credit for their journal writing project or count it toward satisfaction of the upperclass writing requirement. Generally, students register for one credit for each of the two semesters; the credits are not awarded until the end of the second semester. During the first three weeks of the first semester, lawyering skills faculty conduct workshops that focus on writing skills such as organization, integrating research, transitions and headings, substantive footnoting, grammar and vocabulary appropriate to the journal audience, constructive use of editor and expert-reader feedback, and re-drafting. The instructor schedules writing tutorials for students throughout the year as need dictates. Students must complete a journal portfolio that includes all drafts of the writing project, an expert-reader’s comments, the supervising editor’s comments, the editor-in-chief’s comments, and a certification that the student attended all required workshops. The journal’s faculty adviser, in conjunction with the editor-in-chief, must certify the portfolio is complete and that the student’s Writing Project is of publishable quality. The course fulfills one of the two upper-class writing requirements, but the student may not count BOTH this course and the Law Journal Editing toward completion of the upper-class writing requirement. Refer to Academic Rule XIII — Writing Requirement and Directed Research. Prof. Harmon.

 

Law of the European Union (3 hrs.) — E or QP
The rationale of this course is to provide an overview of the political and legal framework of the European Union’s institutions, trade relations, and legal and business implications of the European process of integration. The focus will be on the process of the creation of the European Union, goals and purposes of the union, the structural framework and processes for the development of European Union’s law, constitutional issues, and the roles of the European Court of Justice, East-West trade, and United States trade within the European Union. If the instructor allows papers in lieu of examinations, this course may include a qualifying course paper that fulfills one half of the upper-level writing requirement. Refer to Academic Rule XIII — Writing Requirement and Directed Research. Prof. Ludwikowski. 



Legal Drafting: General Drafting (3hrs.) — WC
This course offers students an introduction to legal drafting, with an emphasis on such essential skills as writing with clarity and precision, conforming with statutes and ordinances, using forms appropriately, achieving the goals of clients, identifying and eliminating ambiguity, editing and proofreading a written product, and simplifying complex thoughts and ideas. This course provides students with a thorough introduction to the principles of general drafting through the use of various techniques as written exercises, peer critique, and in-class workshops. These may be general office documents or documents in a particular doctrinal area. Through the course of the semester, students draft a minimum of three major legal documents in addition to rewrites and shorter written exercises. Successful completion of this course satisfies one of the upper-level legal writing requirements. Enrollment will be limited to 16 students per section. Mr. Danzig, Mr. Hitchens.


Legal Externship (2 or 3 hrs.)
A student participating in a for-credit externship should enroll in Legal Externship. A student's placement must be for uncompensated legal work under the supervision of an attorney. Placements include federal, state, and local government agencies, judicial chambers, prosecutors’ and defenders’ offices, law firms, corporate general counsels’ offices, public interest organizations, and labor unions. Students may receive two credits for 120 hours of uncompensated fieldwork or three credits for 180 hours of fieldwork. Each student submits periodic detailed time logs to the Clinical Programs Office to obtain credit for the fieldwork. Students must seek approval for proposed placements by filling out the online placement approval form. Students should obtain approval of placements before the semester begins.

Students in their first for-credit externship should also register for one of the "Becoming a Lawyer" seminars. Students in their second or further for-credit externship do not register for Becoming a Lawyer. These latter students will be overseen by the directors of the Office of Career and Professional Development. Faculty instructors may convene periodic seminar meetings or may meet with each student several times over the course of the semester. Students turn in detailed time-logs and do some reflective writing about their field experience. Grading is pass/fail. Students are encouraged to seek a new field placement for each semester. A student who wishes to stay in a single placement for a second semester must receive approval from the Director of Experiential Education. Ms. Frost, Prof. Martin, Ms. Tschirch.


National Security Law and Policy Seminar (2 or 3 hrs.) — opt. QP
The seminar will examine the issues that arise when general legal standards and processes are applied to national security activities. In light of the development of national security law since World War II, the seminar explores a range of legal, constitutional, and policy problems relating to the conflict between accepted legal principles, individual rights, and national security requirements. The objectives are to increase understanding of broader constitutional, legal, political, and governmental issues, as well as the peculiar nature of national security programs. Students are expected to contribute to class sessions on a regular and meaningful basis. Depending on the professor, this course may require a qualifying course paper that fulfills one half of the upper-level writing requirement. Refer to Academic Rule XIII — Writing Requirement and Directed Research. Mr. Hodgkinson, Ms. Hodgkinson, Prof. Perez.


Public International Law (3 hrs.) 
An introductory course exploring legal elements underlying relations and obligations among nations and their rights and responsibilities to each other and to their citizens. The problems this course examines cut across the major issues of international legal studies. These problems may include sources and subjects of international law, problems of international jurisdiction, international claims, international organization, foreign investment, international finance, environmental protection, economic sanctions, law of the sea, international human rights, and use of force in the international system. The students explore these issues against the background of crucial events of our era. At the discretion of the instructor, this course may include writing components which fulfill a portion of the upper-level writing requirement (portfolio). Refer to Academic Rule XIII — Writing Requirement and Directed Research.  Prof. Ludwikowski, Prof. Watson. 

 

Spanish for Lawyers (2 hrs.)
This course is aimed at helping lawyers, law students, practicing lawyers and legal professionals who have an intermediate to high level of Spanish speaking skills.  Fluency is not essential.  In this course, students will develop and improve the necessary cultural and linguistic competence needed for discussing legal matters in Spanish.  Students receive hands-on training for client-lawyer interactions and develop awareness about customs, beliefs and etiquette found in Spanish speaking countries.  This course is taught in Spanish.  Prof. Campos-Dintrans


 

Vis International Arbitration Moot (2 hrs.)
The Vis International Arbitration Competition is the premier international arbitration moot court in the world. Competitors come from more than 150 universities in 50 different countries. During the year, students write two full-length (35-page) briefs on a complex case in an international business transaction. Following completion of the briefs, the CUA team travels to Vienna, Austria, for a weeklong competition where they square off in four rounds of oral arguments before panels of three arbitrators. The arbitrators are typically leading international arbitration lawyers from around the world. To maximize the learning experience, the organizers of the Vis match schools from common-law countries against schools from civil-law countries and place them before arbitrators drawn from both legal traditions.Mr. Weinstein.
 
 
 

 

Courses with a writing requirement are identified by the following symbols found in the key provided below:

req. QP — required qualifying course paper
opt. QP — optional qualifying course paper
req. PP — required qualifying portfolio paper
opt. PP — optional qualifying portfolio paper
E or QP — examination or qualifying course paper
E or PP — examination or qualifying portfolio paper
WC — advanced writing course

For the complete listing of courses, visit the Courses of Instruction section of the law school Announcements catalogue.