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.

XI. The French Judicial System

  • April 14, 2015
    Session 39
    • A. Principles of French Law handout,
      Court Institutions, pp. 37-54
  • April 15, 2015
    Session 40
    • B. Principles of French Law handout,
      Judicial Personnel, pp. 55-81
  • April 16, 2015
    Session 41
    • Exam Discussion


  • Friday, April 17, 2015
    Extra Session 42
    • 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 17, 2015.
    • Please refer to the exam resources linked above. Additionally, note that one section of Chapter One of the complete materials handout provides a detailed narrative of my exam expectations.