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Introduction to the Anglo-American Law and Legal System


Course Type and Contact Hours

Lecture / 2 hrs per week

Course Language



6 (if exam has been passed)


The course will be held 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 "Rechtswissenschaft" in order to access the Law courses.

Pleae note: There are two "Introduction to the Anglo-American Law and Legal System" courses taking place one after another. One of them is for German students, the other is for international exchange students and LL.M.-students. Please choose the course for international exchange students and LL.M.-students.

Course Description

The aim of this course is to comprehend the fundamentals of the Anglo-American legal system (now spread worldwide) as well as to acquire a relevant general legal vocabulary. Students will also begin to interact with legal subject-matter in a text-based context, thus developing their communicative skills. Individual communicative and intercultural competence is promoted through structured interaction between the legal texts and the learner group.

Course Registration

Prior registration for this course is not required.


There will be a take-home examination.

Registration for the Exam

Students have to register for the exam with the course instructor. They are not required to register formally at the Examination Office.