Introduction to American Law

¥59,999
Course Code: IAL101
Semester: Fall Day: Thurs Time: 19:10-21:00 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Start Date: 2022/9/15 End Date: 2022/11/24 Core certificate: Legal Assistant Studies Medium of Instruction: English Special Notes: This is a hybrid course that you can join either at our Tokyo campus or online via Zoom. Location: Online, Tokyo

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Course Description

This course is designed for business people, legal professionals and anyone with a keen interest in American legal culture and in understanding the important role that law and the legal system plays in American life. This is an introductory course that will examine how case law and legislation is developed, as well as discuss some of the differences between U.S. legal traditions and those found in civil law regions such as Japan or Europe. Selected substantive law areas will be addressed, including constitutional law, contracts, torts, products liability, intellectual property law, and procedural law. Relevant areas of public international law will also be briefly discussed.

Learning Objectives

1. Work with and understand US legal material including cases, treatises, and legislation.
2. Apply US legal material and standards to problems.
3. Evaluate, orally and in writing, complex legal issues.

Who should take this course

Business people, legal professionals, and anyone with a keen interest in American legal culture and in understanding the important role that the law and the legal system play in American life.

Textbook

No required textbook

Instructor

Johnathan McCaskill

Instructor Biography

Johnathan McCaskill is a US-qualified lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience, including over 15 years of international law practice. He has worked as a lawyer for several international organizations including the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), where he has advised on human rights laws, criminal investigations and prosecution tactics.