International Legal Practice (2 credits) will be co-taught by Dennis Campbell and Christian Campbell as an intensive six-week course during the Spring 2014 semester. This course is a requirement for any student who enrolls in an international legal internship for credit, unless otherwise approved by an Associate Dean. The course may be taken before or after the internship. The course is not limited only to internship students and is open to any student interested in enrolling. It should be noted that the completion of the course does not guarantee a placement in an international legal internship. The course is a combination of live in-class instruction and on-line instruction over the Internet. The course will be divided into three segments as follows: three weeks of on-line instruction; three weeks of live instruction at the Law School; one week of on-line instruction. There will be a take-home examination to be administered at the conclusion of the course in March. The course will be graded on a pass/fail basis. During the Spring 2014 semester, we will offer one section of International Legal Practice. The course will be divided into the following segments.
Part I -The on-line portion of the class will begin on January 24, 2014 and continue through January 31 and will resume on February 28 after the live sessions. There will be a total of 2 hours of on-line instruction for a period of 4 weeks, some of it expected to be live discussion. Students will be expected to have access to the Internet at scheduled times. The on-line portion of the course will be taught by Christian Campbell.
Part II- The live sessions will be taught at the Law School by Dennis Campbell on three successive weeks from Friday, February 7 through Saturday, February 22, 2014. These classes will meet as follows: Fridays, February 7, February 14 and February 21, 2014, 5:00 - 8:30PM Saturdays, February 8, February 15, February 22, 2014 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Part III - The on-line portion will resume on March Febrrary 28. (no classes week of March 10, 2014) International Legal Practice will cover the basics of practicing law in an international context, i.e., the practicing lawyer's response to ever more frequent confrontation with foreign law issues. In the on-line segment, students will study the practical relevance of international, comparative and foreign law, basic structures of some foreign legal systems, the different roles of lawyers, including ethical and practical considerations and constraints when "foreign" counsel gives or receives instruction.
The fourth, fifth, and sixth weeks (in-class instruction) will focus on dispute resolution in a transnational context. The resolution of international litigation issues in U.S. courts, such as problems of jurisdiction, service, discovery, and enforcement of judgments, will be compared with the approaches and responses of non-U.S. judicial systems. Consideration will be given to the alternative of international commercial arbitration, and approaches of different legal systems toward forum selection and choice of law. During the seventh (the second on-line segment), students will become familiar with some aspects of international business transactions and dispute resolution through a combination of problems and discussions associated with different legal entities in other legal systems and the foreign agent and distributor issues, international sales and investment, and efforts to address corruption in international business.
Faculty comments: The live classes in Boston utilize a mix of lecture and problem analysis and discussion. Because the class usually includes international students and students who have completed internships abroad, an attempt is made to share insights and experiences in examining issues that typically face crossborder practitioners. The online portion of the course emphasizes a variant of the "tutorial method", with small groups learning through reading, research, writing and small group discussions. The final examination is a take-home exercise, and class participation is a factor in the final evaluation. Because the instructors are experienced in crossborder litigation and arbitration, there is a particular emphasis on dispute resolution.
International Law Concentration Requirements
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