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Orientation in U.S.A. Law

For 26 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.

Many participants begin with the Orientation in U.S.A. Law program and then continue with the specialized programs in The Global Trading System: Substance and Dispute Resolution (August 7-20, 2016), and Financing International Transactions (offered August 2017) and Structuring an International Joint Venture (offered in August 2018). However, Orientation in U.S.A. Law is not a prerequisite for any of the three specialized programs.

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

  • e-Commerce

  • Taxation

  • Intellectual property law and real property law

  • Torts

  • Civil procedure

  • Remedies

  • Antitrust regulations

  • Labor relations

  • Environmental law

  • Ethics

  • Legal Research

  • 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

Instructors

The Orientation in U.S.A. Law program draws law school faculty from the University of California at Davis and includes outstanding legal practitioners and business experts representing major California firms that perform international legal work.

When

Sunday, July 10 to Saturday, August 6, 2016

Where

Classes are held at the University of California, Davis, School of Law.

Fees

  • Non-refundable application fee: U.S. $150

  • Tuition: U.S. $4,575* (Enroll by June 1 to receive a U.S. $200 discount toward your tuition)

*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 any of these programs may be applied toward the part-time summer International Commercial Law LL.M. and/or 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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