LLM Courses

 LLM511 Introduction to Law   [3-0, 3 cr.]

This course aims to introduce students to the foundational legal concepts, themes and issues in the study of law including, but not limited to, the role and hierarchy of the legal and judicial systems, the law-making process, the fundamental civil rights and civil liberties and the relationship between the legal system and the society in general. The course presents a historical perspective on such basic ideas as common law and equity. It considers the development of legal thought and the role of external perspectives such as political science and economics in understanding and practicing law.

LLM512 Corporate Law   [3-0, 3 cr.]

This course teaches students the fundamentals of corporate law: separate legal entity, liability, share capital and share issuance, board of directors, general assemblies, directors and shareholders’ duties and rights, etc. The course adopts a comparative approach between UK and US laws as well as civil codes with respect to the substance and application of corporate law.

LLM513 Contracts   [3-0, 3 cr.]

Students will be taught the basics of contracts including (i) the formation, performance, breach, termination and interpretation of a contract; (ii) the significance of contract towards the parties thereto and third parties; (iii) the variety of contracts; (iv) the distinction between contracts and quasi-contracts; and (iv) the variety, scope and limitations on remedies.

The course will also focus on two main doctrinal topics: (i) the concept of contractual promises; and (ii) offer and acceptance.

LLM514 Civil Procedure and Litigation   [3-0, 3 cr.]

This course provides the students with a view on the process and fundamental stages of a civil litigation from the commencement of a lawsuit to the issuance of a final judgment (e.g. jurisdiction, pleading, discovery, trial, choice of law, multiparty action, etc.). Students will also be given the chance to review recent court decisions to understand the development of the regulations of civil procedure.

LLM521 Constitutional Law   [3-0, 3 cr.]

This course examines the distribution of and limitations upon governmental authorities under the constitution of the USA and other legal systems. The students will be taught various topics relating to constitutional law such as: the judicial review of legislative and executive actions, the limitations on state governmental powers, the judicial protection against the exercise of governmental power in violation of rights, liberties, privileges or immunities conferred by the constitution.

 LLM522 Criminal Law   [3-0, 3 cr.]

This course constitutes an introduction to the law of crimes and the administration of criminal justice. The course will examine the underlying concepts of criminal law (including an analysis of the criminal act and the mental element in crime, the purposes of punishment and the role of law in civilized societies, the limits on the use of the criminal sanction, the role of justifications and excuses, etc.) and will consider specific offenses as defined by statute and common law.

LLM523 Property Law   [3-0, 3 cr.]

This course constitutes a study of the law of property, its objectives and institutions and considers the role of property rights and institutions on resources, fairness, freedom and society and examines the eventual conflict of interests among individuals, groups and governments. This course will be taught within the context of specific applications such as land, environmental resources, ideas, music, body, family, self, etc. The course examines doctrines such as transfer, assignment, future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and eminent domain.

LLM524 Torts: Personal Injury and Negligence   [3-0, 3 cr.]

A tort is a civil wrong that unfairly causes a person or property else to suffer loss or harm resulting in legal liability for the person who commits the tortious act. This course will, inter alia, allow the students to (i) understand how the law operates when a tortious act is committed; (ii) assess the circumstances and theories behind a tortious act; (ii) understand how damages are determined; and (iii) analyze the impact of the “intention” on a person’s liability. The topics of causation, damages, strict liability, product liability, nuisance and commercial torts will be addressed.               

LLM813 Legal Ethics   [3-0, 3 cr.]

The course is divided into two parts, Ethics and Philosophy of Law. The Ethics component includes discussions on ethical rules applicable to lawyers and the practice of law with special emphasis on American and English rules. The Philosophy of Law component includes discussions on the principal theories of law and key issues in law - such as law, rights, obligations, responsibilities and punishment — and the ethical foundations of the legal system. Thus, the aim of the course as a whole is to evaluate the main philosophical theories of ethics and law, probe central moral and legal issues, examine the practical application of such theories and issues and analyze the interrelationship between ethics and law. 

LLM823 Accounting and Finance for Lawyers    [3-0, 3 cr.]

The course teaches the basics every business lawyer should know about accounting and finance in order to communicate, negotiate and counsel effectively regarding business matters including: the accounting process; the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow; financial statement analysis; auditing; time value of money; interest; credit; securities; risk; valuation; derivatives; financial decision rules; and financial markets and regulation.

LLM831 Legal Research and Writing    [3-0, 3 cr.]

Legal Research and Writing is a required course that teaches students the basic techniques of legal research, analysis and legal writing. The course is based on introducing case briefing, case synthesis and analysis through a series of research and writing assignments. Students will learn (i) how to research legal issues, frame legal arguments and analyze legal problems; (ii) how to use computer-assisted legal research including Lexis and Westlaw; and (iii) the American writing conventions for legal letters, memoranda, and briefs. The course will be taught in small groups under the supervision of the legal writing faculty and will consist, as mentioned above, of a series of research and writing assignments. This course should be especially helpful for students who are inexperienced in the use of precedent in a common law system.

 LLM845 Corporate Finance Laws and Regulations    [3-0, 3 cr.]

The course provides an overview of international capital markets law and practice. Students will be expected to familiarize themselves with the main concepts and the structures and terminology used in capital markets and will develop an understanding of the interests of the parties involved as well as the policy reasons behind the national and international law relevant to capital markets transactions. The course also provides an in-depth examination of the legal framework for equity finance over the entire corporate lifecycle, including venture capital, management buyouts, initial and subsequent public offers of shares, rights issues, private equity buyouts and share buybacks. The course examines the use of different types of equity finance instruments and the legal rights associated with them. The role of capital markets in raising new capital and trading shares will be examined along with the role of financial regulators in controlling that process.

LLM846 Corporate Governance    [3-0, 3 cr.]

The course provides an in-depth examination of the legal and market framework in which corporate governance operates. It examines how the law approaches the governance structure of various types of companies, focusing on the role of different stakeholders and the structure and powers of the two decision-making organs of the company, the general meeting of shareholders and the board of directors. Close attention will be paid to the role of institutional shareholders and financial markets and to the development of ‘soft-law’ governance codes and voluntary self-regulation as alternatives to formal legal control.

LLM852 Family Business and Offices     [3-0, 3 cr.]

This course explores the challenges and opportunities facing individuals and families involved in family business relationships.  The course uses a systems model of the family and business to demonstrate the interrelationships and connections among the key stakeholders. Some of the specific topics include the family system, culture, entrepreneurial influences, conflict and negotiation, career planning, ethics, governance, succession and strategic planning, professional support relationships and survival skills as a son or daughter in a family business.

LLM853 Secured Transactions     [2-0, 2 cr.]

The course explores all aspects of security in personal or corporate property, including creation of security interests, perfection, priorities (between competing security interests and between security interests and other property interests), default, realization procedures and redemption.

LLM854 International Financial and Banking Regulations     [3-0, 3 cr.]

The course introduces the structure and regulation of international banking and finance. Topics include (i) the regulatory environment (including local, and international regulatory systems); (ii) methods of entry into foreign banking markets; (iii) regulation of international banking activities; and (iv) economic sanctions and their effect on international banking. 

LLM855 Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructurings     [3-0, 3 cr.]

This course introduces students to the law of bankruptcy and corporate insolvency. While understanding legal terminology, concepts, doctrine and processes are all vital to grasping and applying bankruptcy and insolvency laws, the course also seeks to frame those aspects in a wider historical, social, economic and policy context. The course begins with an overview of debtor-creditor relations and the pre-insolvency context, and then addresses insolvencies and various forms of corporate reorganizations and restructurings

LLM856 International Intellectual Property     [3-0, 3 cr.]

This course focuses on international treaties as they relate to protection of trademarks, and copyrights. These treaties include the Paris Convention, the Berne Conventions, WTO TRIPs, NAFTA and the EC Harmonization Directives and Trademarks. This course introduces students to the international aspects of intellectual property as well as patent laws. Attention will be given to general principles of comparative and international law (e.g. territoriality) and to specific laws related to obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights in foreign countries. 

LLM861 International Courts and Processes     [3-0, 3 cr.]

This course introduces students to several important international courts including the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal and the Central American Court of Justice.  The course seeks to explain the formation, design and expansion of international courts from both political and legal perspectives.  On the political side, the course focuses on factors such as states’ capabilities, regime type, functional need and diffusion.  On the legal side, the course examines the intersection of domestic and international law, emphasizing the major legal systems in the world (civil law, common law, Islamic law).  The course also focuses on the difference made by international courts for interstate interactions and foreign policy behavior more broadly.

LLM865 Law of Mergers and Acquisitions     [3-0, 3 cr.]

The course involves discussion of corporate restructuring strategies including mergers, acquisitions, takeovers, leveraged buyouts and management buyouts. It aims to provide students with knowledge of what M&A is, the deal players, the deal structure and regulatory considerations. It also covers topics such as form of consideration, target valuation and due diligence. The course ends with an overview of deal documents and agreements and related practical drafting exercises.

LLM866 International Trade     [3-0, 3 cr.]

This course provides an introduction to the laws governing international sale of goods as well as the institutions governing international trade. In particular, the course focuses on: (i) the impact of international conventions, transnational model laws and uniform principles on international sales law; (ii) the relationship between international law and domestic law relating to sales transactions; (iii) choice of jurisdiction, choice of law and cross-border litigation issues that may arise in the context of international sales transactions; and (iv) laws regulating customs and tariffs, most-favored nation treatment, subsidies, dumping, unfair trade practices and disruptive imports under the escape clause. Specialized problems in regulating exports under regimes of sanctions, boycotts, corrupt practices and restrictive business practices may be covered.

LLM872 Islamic Banking and Finance      [3-0, 3 cr.]

This course aims to enable students to deeply understand the Islamic Banking operating systems and the concepts of Islamic finance through participation in class discussions and activities. Students are to be well-equipped with knowledge of Islamic Finance and its innovative products and their application in the modern banking system.

LLM875 Project Finance and Public-Private Partnerships    [3-0, 3 cr.] 

This course aims to equip the students with a comprehensive overview of project financing by taking them through all stages of a project finance transaction. The course will make use of case studies and exercises from various sectors including infrastructure, transportation, oil & gas and water and power.

In respect of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), the course will examine both the costs and benefits of PPPs as alternative public procurement methods, will contrast them with other procurement modes and will consider how best to design PPP projects to serve public ends.  Topics covered will also include: (i) the financing of PPPs; (ii) identifying, pricing and allocating risks in PPP projects; (iii) preparing a sustainable long-term concession agreement; and (iv) assessing “value for money” in PPP arrangements.

LLM876 Alternative Dispute Resolution    [3-0, 3 cr.]

This course aims to educate the students on the primary types of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) including negotiation, mediation and arbitration.  Students will learn to evaluate the pros and cons of ADR processes and will work through simulations of ADR processes that are currently employed by international lawyers.

LLM880 Topics in Business Law    [3-0, 3 cr.]

This course presents diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives on selected topics relevant to the field of business law. The course may offer an in-depth analysis of the relevant topics (e.g. estate and gift taxation, business torts, international business transactions, advanced real estate transactions, etc.).

LLM 877 Negotiation     [3-0, 3 cr.]

For most lawyers, negotiation is a major part of their professional duties. Of those matters that come into a lawyer’s office, the vast majority are resolved by negotiation. Negotiation: communication for the purpose of persuasion is also is a major element of everyday life. This course is designed to give students experience in negotiation, as well as a grounding in negotiation theory. The emphasis of the course is on experiential learning. Students spend most of their time participating in negotiation simulations, as well as discussing negotiation problems. Students are observed in their negotiations and receive feedback.