Global Legal Skills
Prof. Rosa Kim
Legal practice in an increasingly globalizing world requires knowledge of different sources of law and legal systems. This course offers students the opportunity to develop research, writing and oral advocacy skills in a global context, by exploring legal problems governed by international law. The course will also include discussion of comparative aspects of law and advocacy. Students will engage actively through discussion, group work, simulations, and presentations. There will be a substantial writing component, in addition to a series of shorter assignments. This course meets the upper-level writing requirement.
Instructor will assign a final paper, not an exam.
Text: Global Lawyering Skills, West Academic Publishing (2009)
Prof. Anthony Polito
This course is an introductory comparative examination of corporate legal systems and of pervasive issues related to the conduct and governance of corporate enterprise. Any free-enterprise corporate system must face similar questions related to enhancing economic performance and ensuring fair treatment to corporations’ economic participants. The course focuses on how some of the most important commercial countries of the world today--primarily those of the European Union, and the United States, with a lesser focus on Japan–deal with these issues. It will compare strategies used in these countries, examining the differences to distinguish those that reflect genuine jurisprudential and policy distinctions from those that are only superficial.
Text: The Anatomy of Corporate Law: A Comparative and Functional Approach, Oxford University Press (2nd ed. 2009), Supplemental material to be distributed on site.
This course does not satisfy the Base Menu Requirement. A take-home exam will be administered.
International Business Transactions
Prof. Chris Gibson
Suffolk-Lund Summer Law Program
This course provides a survey of the law concerning transnational business transactions. Many relevant terms and institutions are discussed. From forming international transactions, to licensing and protection of intellectual property, to considering dispute settlement options, this course surveys many of the legal regimes and issues that will arise. We shift between the nuts-and-bolts of international transactions to look at some of the big picture (macro) issues that are changing the modern economy. We also look at sources of law, including private international law, public international law and mandatory law. Throughout the course, we continue to focus on the appropriate role of the lawyer as she or he works with the client to address their legal and related commercial issues.
Text: Daniel C.K. Chow & Thomas J. Schoenbaum, International Business Transactions: Problems, Cases, and Materials (3rd ed. Aspen 2015).
There is also a useful documents supplement: International Business Transactions Document Supplement, 3rd Edition, Chow & Schoenbaum
Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure
Prof. Isaac Borenstein
In this course, we will address a number of areas of comparison between the Swedish and American criminal justice systems. These will include: search and seizure issues, with particular attention to the 4th, 5th and 6th amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and relevant Swedish laws; the steps in the process of a criminal case in Sweden and the U.S., focused on the commencement of a criminal case, bail and sentencing; as part of the course it is hoped we can observe at least a portion of a criminal case in a Swedish court, meet defense attorneys, prosecutors, and Judges. You will leave with a good understanding of how two democracies approach issues of justice in the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases.