LAW Comparative Law

Prof. Bernard M. Ortwein,

2 credits day; 2 credits evening.


This introductory course in comparative legal systems will focus on the basic structure of two major legal systems in the modern Western world: the civil law tradition and the common law tradition. Each of these systems will be reviewed in terms of its history, culture, legal structures, legal actors and their roles, sources of law and judicial process. We will explore the similarities and differences between these systems and the US legal system. Some special attention will be placed on the Swedish legal system as it compares to the American system and the other two systems. Ultimately, the objectives of the course are to help students understand the law in other foreign jurisdictions and widen perspective to better understand, appreciate, and function within our legal system. A research paper and class presentations will be required in lieu of a final examination. It is anticipated that a member of the University of Lund, Law Faculty will participate as an instructor in part of this course.

J.D. students who have not taken Comparative Law or Comparative Legal Systems may enroll in this course.


pointer    Enrollment is limited: 20 

pointer    Elective Course

pointer    On List of Recommended Perspectives Courses

pointer    Meets International Law Concentration Requirements

pointer    May Fulfill Legal Writing Requirement

pointer    Final Paper Required

pointer    LLM Course


<<Course Updated: April 03, 2013>>