Course Details

Common Law Reasoning

This course, required for all international LL.M. and LL.M./Kellogg students, is analogous to the Communication and Legal Reasoning course required for all J.D. students. The goal of this course is to teach international attorneys how to function within the American legal discourse community. The course covers the structure and functions of the United States legal system and legal reasoning in the common law system, with emphasis on the important role of case precedent. Instruction is in legal problem solving, statutory and case analysis, expository writing, and legal research. Students write objective legal memoranda and perform U.S. legal research in books and electronic sources. Each student's written work is individually edited and evaluated. Class work on oral communication skills is augmented at the student's option by further work with the law school's English as a Second Language program. The course is taught in small section meetings and in individual conferences. Open only to International LLM students. Required Readings: John B. Thornton, U.S. Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Practice for International Lawyers (LexisNexis 2014) The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Nineteenth Edition) (Harvard Law Review Association 2010)

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 910
Practice Areas: Required for LLM candidates
Additional Course Information: LLM Candidates only

Course History


Fall 2014
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Thornton, John (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 28     Actual: 28


Fall 2014
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Rosenbaum, Judith A. (courses | profile)
Section: 2     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 27     Actual: 26


Fall 2014
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Silbernagel, Brian (courses | profile)
Section: 3     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 27     Actual: 26


Summer 2014
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Thornton, John (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 60     Actual: 18


Summer 2014
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Thornton, John (courses | profile)
Section: 2     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 60     Actual: 16


Fall 2013
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Dodier, Grace (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 26     Actual: 26


Fall 2013
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Thornton, John (courses | profile)
Section: 2     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 26     Actual: 26


Fall 2013
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Thornton, John (courses | profile)
Section: 3     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 27     Actual: 27


Fall 2013
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Dodier, Grace (courses | profile)
Section: 4     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 27     Actual: 20


Summer 2013
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Thornton, John (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 13     Actual: 12


Summer 2013
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Thornton, John (courses | profile)
Section: 2     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 13     Actual: 12


Fall 2012
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Thornton, John (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 26     Actual: 26


Fall 2012
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Thornton, John (courses | profile)
Section: 2     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 26     Actual: 22


Fall 2012
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Thornton, John (courses | profile)
Section: 3     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 26     Actual: 25


Summer 2012
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Thornton, John (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 14     Actual: 13


Summer 2012
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Thornton, John (courses | profile)
Section: 2     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 14     Actual: 14


Fall 2011
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Thornton, John (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Type: Lecture     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 23     Actual: 23


Fall 2011
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Thornton, John (courses | profile)
Section: 2     Type: Lecture     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 23     Actual: 22


Fall 2011
Title: Common Law Reasoning
Faculty: Thornton, John (courses | profile)
Section: 3     Type: Lecture     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 23     Actual: 23