Introduction to the U.S. American Law and Legal System
intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year
This is a Themis course. It is also open to non-Themis students.
Students will have the choice either to join the live sessions via video conference, or to watch the recorded class sessions at a later time.
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
An up-to-date electronic course catalogue will be available for the winter semester from late August to late February and for the summer semester from late February to mid August on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Fremdsprachiges rechtswissenschaftliches Lehrangebot" in order to find out course hours and rooms.
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.
yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)
Please sign up for this course under the module "Study Program for Exchange Students - Module 4".
registration period: 1 - 14 April 2022, 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 2022.
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 6 May 2022.
De-Registration from this Course
regular drop period: 1 April - 6 May 2022
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).