Course Details

Torts

This course is for Executive LLM students. This course will introduce students to the American Legal system and to the methodology and dynamics of an American law school classroom. It will teach students about the three branches of government in America and about the system of checks and balances through which power is shared among them. It will give special emphasis to the structure and function of the federal and state courts and to the American system of federalism. Students will study sources of legal authority and the relationship among these sources, including such concepts as primary and secondary authority and binding and persuasive authority. Students will learn about jurisdiction and procedure in the context of tracing the history of a legal dispute from the time a client comes to a lawyer with a problem to the filing of a lawsuit in a trial court and all the way through the ultimate disposition on appeal. Students will also learn about the special role of the case in American jurisprudence, including how to analyze and brief a case and how to synthesize a series of cases into a controlling principle that explains the outcomes in the various cases. Finally the course will introduce students to the deductive structure of a written legal analysis and to the interplay between law and fact that is characteristic of American legal analysis.

Catalog Number: PPTYTORT 802E


Course History

Summer 2016
Title: Torts
Faculty: Provenzano, Susan E. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 1.5
Capacity: 40     Actual: 32