Introduction to US Law and Introduction to US Legal Practice
Introduction to US Law is an intensive course that reviews the fundamentals of the US legal system, including an overview of the US Constitution, federalism, the structure and function of courts, sources of legal authority and common-law methodology. Introduction to US Legal Practice teaches practical skills needed in the US legal environment including locating cases, statutes and other legal source materials, citing legal authority correctly and checking the validity of case citations. In addition, these introductory classes help prepare students for study at a US law school by developing their skills in briefing cases, course outlining and taking law school examinations.
All LLM students who received their first degree in law outside the United States must take the summer classes Introduction to US Law and Introduction to US Legal Practice, unless a waiver is granted. Please note that credits earned for these summer classes do not count toward the 24 credits needed in fall and spring to earn the LLM degree. Both classes will be held from Monday, August 15, 2016 through Friday, August 26, 2016. On Monday, August 15 there is a mandatory check-in from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. You should plan to be able to attend classes from 9:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m with some longer days.
On Friday, August 26 there is an essay exam on the line of cases covered during the second week of Intro. Students have found studying and writing the exam for Intro. to be important preparation for the fall semester.
Students who need the LLM degree to qualify to take the New York Bar exam use credits earned in Introduction to US Law and in Introduction to US Legal Practice toward fulfilling NY Bar eligibility requirements.
Introduction to US Law Sections
During the second week of Introduction to US Law, several days are devoted to exploring an evolving line of cases; the topic of these cases differs between sections as indicated below.
Section One: Just or Unjust? Punitive Damages and the American Judicial System
Professor Irene Ayers
Section Two: Just or Unjust? Private Arbitration and the American Consumer
Professor Mary Holland
Section Three: Just or Unjust? The Alien Tort Statute and Human Rights Violations Abroad
Professor Gerry Lebovits
To express a preference for a section of the class, please go here (the link will be live beginning mid-June) and click on "Registration" on the left sidebar. Indicate your first, second, and third choices. We will honor your preference to the extent possible, while maintaining classes of equal size. If you have not entered your preference by July 15 at 9:30 a.m. (New York time), we will place you in one of the Intro sections. Once you are assigned to a section of Introduction to US Law, you will be automatically enrolled in the summer course Introduction to US Legal Practice.
Syllabus and Class Schedule
Early Reading Assignments
Mandatory Reading: The textbook for the class is The NYU Graduate Lawyering Book which will be available for purchase at the NYU Bookstore. Note that according to the syllabus, there is an assignment to be completed before the first Introduction to US Law class meeting; to be sure that this first assigned reading is accessble to all students, it will be posted on NYU Classes (available via NYUHome) in summer.
In additon, during the second week of Introduction to US Law, several days are devoted to exploring an evolving line of judicial opinions (cases). The volume of required reading is substantial and important to understanding common law methodology so that we recommend that you begin to read the material prior to the beginning of the summer classes. The topic of the cases differs between sections; you will find the cases for each section here.
Check-In and Welcome Reception
On Monday, August 15 there is a mandatory check-in from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. To check in, at any time during the half hour before the Introduction to US Law class begins, please report to the Admissions staff member located near the entrance to your assigned classroom. Please do come before 9:00 a.m.! You will receive a packet with important materials including the LLM Handbook, LLM Orientation Schedule and information about the Student Health Center.
On August 15, following the first day of Introduction to US Law classes, students will attend a panel offered by the Office of Global Services including critical information about your stay in NYC. A Welcome Reception will follow in Greenberg Lounge, located on the first floor of Vanderbilt Hall. We hope you will stay for a while to mingle with your new classmates and enjoy refreshments!
During the Reception, you will be able to purchase tickets for the Manhattan Harbor cruise, and, if you are living off-campus, obtain an access sticker for University buildings.
- Access Sticker: Students living off-campus must obtain an access sticker called “SOLL.” Affix the SOLL sticker to your NYUCard for access to Law School buildings. Students living in NYU residence halls will be given a sticker for their NYUCard when they move into their residences; students living off-campus should pick up a SOLL sticker at the Welcome Reception.
- Manhattan Harbor Cruise tickets: OGA hosts an annual LLM Cruise around Manhattan harbor. The cruise will take place in the afternoon of Sunday, September 18. Tickets will be $30 (OGA subsidizes the cost of the ticket). The ride includes a close-up sighting of the Statute of Liberty, food, soda, beer, wine, and a DJ. Past LLM students have deemed the cruise a highlight of the LLM year.
Students who have applied for housing in Law School Residences, may also Request Early Arrival to stay in Law School residences during Introduction to US Law.
Deadline to Request a Waiver (of Requirement to Take Introduction to US Law): July 7
Deadline to Register for a Particular Section of Introduction to US Law: July 15
Dates of Class: August 15 - August 26