Comparative Law Assignments & Notes

LAW 6250
Professor Pedro A. Malavet
Spring 2015
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
4:00-4:50 p.m.
Room 359


Quicklinks by Chapter


Course Outline and
Reading Assignments


I. Introduction to Comparative Law (Handout 1)

II. Chapter 2: The Comparative Method in U.S. Courts

Session. I will cancel our session on Thursday, January 15, 2015, because I have dental surgery after class on Wednesday, and I am not likely to be able to speak much on Thursday. I will make this session up with a review session at the end of the semester.

III. Chapter 3: A. Defining Comparative Law and its Objectives and Methods

  • January 20, 2015
    Session 6
    • A. Origins and Objectives of Comparative Law
      Pages 78-92.
  • January 21, 2015
    Session 7

IV. Chapter 4: The Special Hazards of Comparative Law

V. Chapter 5: Legal Education in Europe and Latin America

V-B. Legal Education and Professionalism in the U.S., a Comparative Perspective

  • January 29, 2015: The "Crisis" in US Legal Education?
    Session 11
    • Download and read the handout, which is posted in the e-Learning course page.
      The handout is a chapter from the text that I use to teach Introduction to the Legal System of the United States to my international LLM students. It includes a brief presentation of legal education and professionalism in the United States.

VI. Chapter 6: The Legal Professions in the Civil Law World

VII. Chapter 7.
Historical Development of the Civil Law Tradition, AKA The Magical History Tour

VIII. Chapter 8: Local Compilations and the birth of Canon Law

Spring Break: March 2-6, 2015

IX. Chapter 9: The Codification Process
(with introductory contextual material)

X. Chapter 10: Constitutional Courts: Structure and Procedure

Since we have covered the material more efficiently than in years past, I will probably add a unit on court structure and procedure.


  • TBA, 2015
    Extra Session
    • Exam Review
    • How to Take one of My Exams
    • In lieu of an exam review session, I will hold extended Office Hours on Friday, April 27, 2012. The DOODLE Poll indicated that there was not one convenient time for the entire class, but that most of you had some time available on Friday afternoon. Therefore, you are welcome to come by my office in Room 319 of Holland Hall individually or in groups to ask questions about the exam.
    • Please refer to the exam resources linked above. Additionally, note that one section of Chapter One of the complete materials handout that I sent out yesterday provides a detailed narrative of my exam expectations.