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Orientation in U.S.A. Law

For 25 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 Structuring an International Joint Venture (August 10-21, 2015), The Global Trading System: Substance and Dispute Resolution (offered in August 2016), and Financing International Transactions (offered August 2017). However, Orientation in U.S.A. Law is not a prerequisite for any of the three specialized programs.

Program Topics

All participants attend core classes three hours 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

Participants choose afternoon or evening elective seminars that are related to their areas of specialization (three hours daily). General topics are:

  • Business and Trade

  • Law School Preparation for Pre-LL.M. Students

  • U.S. Criminal Justice System

  • Judicial Management

  • On-Site Visits and Observations


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.


Sunday, July 12 to Saturday, August 8, 2015


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


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

  • Tuition: U.S. $4,485* (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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