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261.1 sec. 1 - International Business Transactions (Spring 2011)
Instructor: Richard M. Buxbaum (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: W 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 244
Course Start: January 12, 2011
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49791
Enrollment limited to approximately 20. Priority will be given to LLM candidates and third-year students. Following two or three preliminary sessions in which the assigned reading materials will be discussed, the sessions will emulate the functioning of a law firm. Participants will self-select themselves to the cooperative efforts characteristic of law firm practice. Each team will select a problem from among the problems distributed at the first class session, will analyze it, research it, and prepare and submit a response in the form of an advice letter, intrafirm memorandum or opinion of approximately 15 or more double-spaced pages in length. After everyone has had an opportunity to review the responses, the teams will present and discuss the responses in class. This cycle will be repeated until each participant has participated in preparing responses to 3 problems. The participants will organize new teams for each problem; this is required.
The problems will involve the roles of lawyers advising United States clients with foreign business transactions; foreign clients with United States and foreign business transactions; and occasionally, foreign governments. The subject matter covered will include: (1) transnational practice issues (including advising on foreign law); (2) dispute resolution (including personal jurisdiction and enforcement of foreign judgments); foreign sovereign immunity; choice of forum and choice of law; and arbitration); (3) trade and trade finance (including letters of credit and guarantees; and illicit trade); (4) technology transfer and licensing; (5) transnational investment; and (6) public law issues (including antitrust, securities regulations, bankruptcy, and labor law).
None, though in case of oversubscription 3L students will be given priority over 2Ls; and LLM students with a general business background over others. Also, the enrollment needs to be 50% JD and 50% LLM or other non-US trained law students since the assignments always are to a team with members from each category.
Exam Notes: P+
Special Notes: LE(22)
Course Category: Business Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Intellectual Property and Technology Law
International and Comparative Law
Law and Economics
Litigation and Procedure
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
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A reader will be used in this class.
Instructor has indicated that no books will be assigned.