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Orientation in U.S.A. Law

For more than 30 years, the Orientation in U.S.A. Law program has served lawyers, judges, prosecutors and defenders, notaries, law professors, pre-LL.M. students and business professionals who wish to gain a better understanding of the theories and practices of the U.S. legal system. Participants engage in more than 170 hours of classes, seminars and on-site observations.

Program Topics

Law school preparation for pre-LL.M. students is included in the program. All participants attend core classes daily on such topics as:

  • U.S. Legal System, including the Constitution, Bill of Rights, adversarial system, legislative process and courts

  • Business planning and structure, contracts commercial and consumer law, corporations and securities law

  • Business entities

  • International Trade

  • Taxation

  • Intellectual property law

  • Real Property Law

  • Torts

  • Civil procedure

  • Remedies

  • Antitrust regulations

  • Securities

  • Environmental law

  • Bankruptcy

  • Legal Research

  • International Crime and Sanctions

  • Negotiation, Arbitration, Mediation

  • Domestic and international dispute resolution

  • Trial demonstration/workshop on negotiation, arbitration, mediation and other dispute resolution techniques

Additional topics may include:

  • Business and Trade

  • U.S. Criminal Justice System

  • Judicial Management

  • On-Site Visits and Observations


This program draws law school faculty from the University of California, Davis, as well as outstanding legal practitioners and business experts representing major California firms that perform international legal work.


July 10 - August 6, 2022


Classes are held at the University of California, Davis, School of Law, subject to public health guidance.


  • Tuition: U.S. $4,980*

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Certificates and Credits

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance if they attend class regularly. Participants who wish to take the course for credit can request an official transcript upon successful completion of course requirements and a final exam.

Academic credit from this program may be applied toward the Licentiate in International Transactions Involving the United States.

Deadline to Apply

We strongly recommend enrolling by June 1 or earlier to ensure adequate time for the local U.S. embassy in your country to process the necessary visa for entering the U.S. We have been informed by past participants that U.S. embassies in some countries can take from four to six weeks to process non-immigrant visas (students, business or tourist).

How to Apply

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