LL.M. Introduction to the Law and Legal System of the United States—Part II

LAW 7200 (2 credits)
Class Number 15512
Professor Pedro A. Malavet
Spring 2019
Tuesdays, 3:00 to 4:50 p.m.
Room 285A

Course Description

LL.M. in Comparative Law Introduction to the Law and Legal System of the United States-Part II (1 or 2 credits). Continuing coverage of legal education, professionalism and the law and legal system of the United States, conducted over one or two full semesters. Typically, it will be conducted over two semesters with one teaching hour per semester week. Alternately, it will be taught as a two-credit course with two teaching hours per semester week.

The course will be taught as two 50-minute sessions with a 10-minute break between sessions.

Take Home Examination: Spring 2019

Reading Assignments: Spring 2019


Your assigned textbook will continue to be William Burnham, Introduction to the Law and Legal System of the United States (6th Ed. 2016).

  • I will supplement the text with pdf handouts distributed here or through CANVAS.
    • For those of you who are new to the LLM in US Law class, please download the Edited Materials Supplement from the Canvas page.
  • I expect us to cover four topics during the Spring semester, in this order: Constitutional Law, Contract Law, and both Civil and Criminal Procedure.


  • Burnham Chapter IX: Constitutional Law
    • Tuesday, January 8, 2019:
      • Syllabus Overview for New Students
      • Part I. Judicial Review. 371-385
      • Part I. Federalism, 386-399
    • Tuesday, January 15, 2019:
      • Part I. Judicial Review. 371-385, continued
      • Part I. Federalism, 386-399, started,
        finished on the 22nd
    • Tuesday, January 22, 2019:
      • Part II.A-C. Individual Rights. 399-419, started,
        finished on the 29th
    • Tuesday, January 29, 2019:
      • Part II.D. Freedom of Speech, 419-448
      • Part II.E. Freedom of Religion, 448-457
    • Tuesday, February 5, 2019
      • Part II.D. Freedom of Speech, 419-448, finished
      • Part II.E. Freedom of Religion, 448-457, completed
  • Burnham, Chapter X: Contracts
    • Tuesday, February 12, 2019:
      • Part I: Formation, Interpretation, Performance, Burnham pages 458-467
    • Tuesday, February 19, 2019:
      • Part I: Justified Nonperformance, Breach, Remedies, Burnham pages 467-475
      • Part II: The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), Burnham pages 475-486
        • I have pushed up the discussion of the UCC. I hope to be able to reduce the contracts discussion to three and, if possible, to two sessions. That way I will add additional sessions to the Criminal Procedure discussion which is always quite interesting.
    • Tuesday, February 26, 2019
      • NO SESSION
        • As I announced in class, I will be travelling to a law school site visit. I will assign further work later.
    • Tuesday, March 12, 2019:
      • Part II: The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), Burnham pages 475-486
      • Part II: Consumer Protection Laws, Burnham pages 486-496
        • If we make it through the material on the 19th, I may start on Civil Procedure.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 is

We will finish Contracts after the break.

I will probably assign some recorded material instead of adding an additional session in order to make up our one missed class.

  • Burnham Chapter VII: Civil Procedure
    • Tuesday, March 19, 2019:
      • Part I.A.: The Course of a Civil Suit, pages 246-251
      • Part I.B&C: Discovery and Final Pretrial Order, pages 251-260
    • Tuesday, March 26, 2019:
      • Part I.D-G.: Trial, Jury Verdict and Judgments, Settlement, pages 260-282
      • Part II.A-C.: Federalism Issues: Personal Jurisdiction, pages 282-294
      • I covered most of the Federalism materials last Fall, so I will have a very condensed discussion of it this time. I will then move on to Criminal Procedure
    • Not Covered in 2019:
      • Part II.D.: Federalism Issue: Choice of Law in Federal Courts, pages 294-301
  • Burnham Chapter VIII: Criminal Procedure
    • Tuesday, April 2, 2019:
      • Part I: Outline of the Criminal Process, pages 302-315
      • Part II: Constitutional Criminal Procedure, 4th and 5th Amendment, prior to trial, pages 315-340
    • Tuesday, April 9, 2019:
      • Part II: Constitutional Criminal Procedure, 6th Amendment and Trial rights, 340-355
    • Tuesday, April 16, 2019:
      • Part II: Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Sentencing, post-conviction, 356-370
      • This is our final class session for the term because Monday, April 22, 2019 is the last day of classes.
    • Tuesday, April 23, 2019:
      • Exam Reading Period Begins.