Boston University School of Law

Introduction to the American Legal System

All LL.M. Students receive a general introduction to American law and the US legal system through the fall semester class, Introduction to American Law. This course covers the basic structure and function of US legal institutions, examines the role of state law and state courts in the American system of federalism, and looks at some typical methods of judicial analysis, including statutory and constitutional interpretation. The course may include some consideration of the treatment of individual rights in American law, such as freedom of speech and religion. The class grants two credits towards the American Law degree.

Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis in this introductory course.