Introduction to U.S. Legal Systems

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to U.S. Legal Systems

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    American Studies, Government, Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course is designed to introduce students to the unique and idiosyncratic legal structures and concepts that characterize the legal regime of the United States. Particular attention is to be devoted to the concepts of "federalism," "comity," "abstention," and other structures that define the boundaries between state and federal law. The goal of the course is to equip students with a thorough understanding of the procedural and substantive nuances that distinguish American law from the other leading legal systems of the world.


    I. Introduction to the Sources and Hierarchy of Law and Legal Institutions in the United States

    II. The Constitution of the United States
    a. The Structure
    b. Key Concepts
    c. Methods of and Approaches to Interpretation

    III. Conceptions of Public and Private Law

    IV. Procedural Law in the United States
    a. Civil Procedure
    b. Criminal Procedure

    V. The Substantive Law of the United States
    a. Private Law
    i. Property and Intellectual Property
    ii. Contracts
    iii. Torts
    iv. Corporations and Corporate Governance
    v. Bankruptcy
    b. Public Law
    i. Criminal Law
    ii. Constitutional Law
    iii. Administrative Law
    iv. Environmental Law
    v. International Law and Treaties

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.