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Introduction to the U.S. American Law and Legal System

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Classification

This is a Themis course. It is also open to non-Themis students.

Teaching Mode

online teaching
Students will have the choice either to join the live sessions via video conference, or to watch the recorded class sessions at a later point of time.

Contact Hours

2 hours per week


5 (if course has been attended regularly and exam has been passed)


This course is being taught regularly. It will be available in every semester.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

please see our electronic course catalogue

Course Content

The course provides a general overview of the U.S. legal system. It introduces students to the concept of common law and covers constitutional law (incl. the legislative process and its political implications), the U.S. court system as well as selected areas of substantive and procedural U.S. law, such as contracts, torts, criminal and corporate law. The course is taught through a combination of lecture and in-class discussions and encourages active participation in order to acquire and practice legal terminology.

Restricted Enrollment

yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)

Course Registration

via Campus Management

Please sign up for this course under the module "Study Program for Exchange Students - Module 4".

registration period: 3 April 2023, 9 a.m. - 14 April 2023, 12 p.m. (noon)

In order to know if you have obtained a place in this course, please check out your course plan on Campus Management (tab "Stundenplan") from 15 April 2023.

As long as there are still seats available after the registration period has expired, they will be allocated according to the principle "first come, first served" if you sign up by 5 May 2023.

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

regular drop period: 3 April, 9 a.m. - 5 May 2023

After the regular drop period you can only drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days prior to the exam. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.

Type of Exam

There will be a multiple choice electronic examination.

Exam Date and Place

The exam is probably going to take place on the Monday following the end of the lecture period. → Academic Calendar

Registration for the Exam

Students will automatically be registered for the exam when they sign up for this course.

De-Registration from the Exam

Students who drop this course via Campus Management are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not drop this course via Campus Management and do not take the exam, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).

Grade Release

via Campus Management