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 a 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 10, 2015 through Friday, August 21, 2015. On Monday, August 10 there is a mandatory check-in from 8:30 - 9:00. 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 21 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 use credits earned in Introduction to US Law and in Introduction to US Legal Practice toward fulfilling NY Bar eligibility requirements.
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. 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.
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
Syllabus and Class Schedule
The schedule for the class can be found here. The syllabus for the 2014 Introduction to US Law and Introduction to US Legal Practice can be found here. The 2015 syllabus will be posted soon. Reading Assignments for the three sections can be found in the Related Links section on the left navigation bar.
Check-In and Welcome Reception
On Monday, August 10 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! You will receive a packet with important materials including the LLM Handbook, LLM Orientation Schedule and information about the Student Health Center.
Following the first Introduction to US Law, students are invited to a Welcome Reception beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Greenberg Lounge, located on the first floor of Vanderbilt Hall. 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. We hope you will stay for a while to mingle with your new classmates and enjoy refreshments!
For further details on proceedings at the Welcome Reception, please read below:
- 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 Sunset Cruise around Manhattan harbor. The cruise will take place from 6:00-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 6. 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 10 - August 21