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264.75 sec. 001 - Introduction to Comparative Law (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Laurent Mayali  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    M 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
    Location: Law 12
    From January 13, 2020
    To April 28, 2020

Course Start: January 13, 2020
Course End: April 28, 2020
Class Number: 32034

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 40
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

“Comparative Law” is a perplexing expression. It does not refer to any particular branch of law nor to the existence of a specific body of rules. It is most of all, the study of the relationship between legal systems in order to observe how similar socio-cultural, political or economical issues receive distinct or similar legal solutions within diverse societies. It thus provides us with a better understanding of how legal rules and legal institutions are established and implemented in our own legal system.
This basic course on comparative law is an introduction to the method and concept of comparative law as well as a study and a comparison of different legal traditions and legal systems with their distinctive components and internal relations (Civil Law, Common Law, Religious Law). In particular, we will read and discuss a series of short scholarly papers ( 1 or 2 per week) published on various legal issues in both private and public law.
Requirement: A final research paper (12-15 pages) outlining a legal issue of your choice in one or more foreign countries of your choice. 1/3 of final grade is based on participation in class discussion.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: International and Comparative Law

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