Introduction to the United States Legal System

This 1-credit course provides a survey of the American legal system, how it is organized, and how it works. It is particularly relevant for laypersons and for lawyers who are not qualified in the United States. The purpose of the course is to provide a brief introduction to the American legal system. It is not intended to – and most assuredly will not – make you an expert in American law. It is best regarded as only a starting point, inviting you to more carefully explore areas of special interest to you in what is a complex legal system composed of many, many laws – federal and state – many, many courts – also federal and state. And many, many players – especially the many, many American lawyers, of whom there are 1.3-million. In this course, we will touch on the United States Constitution, the structure of the government, the organization and functions of the courts, and several cases. Administrative fee - US $30.

Center for International Legal Studies

The Center for International Legal Studies is based in Salzburg, Austria, and has operated there for nearly 50 years. The Center has more than 5,000 lawyer members worldwide, engages in extensive legal publishing, and organizes continuing legal education programs and academic programs in Europe and Asia for Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, Lazarski University in Warsaw, Poland, Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, and Lixin University in Shanghai, China.

Distance-Learning Courses

Three distance-learning courses are offered on the e-learning platform of the Center for International Legal Studies. They are Introduction to the United States Legal System (1 credit), Case Study in Crossborder Litigation (2 credits), and Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments (3 credits). Once commenced, a course must be completed within eight weeks. Each course is provided in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, incorporating videos, text, and PDF readings. The courses are “self-contained” - no additional textbooks or casebooks or other resources are required. Each course includes quizzes and short-essay questions, the answers to which are sent automatically to the course instructor. Completion of all three courses leads to the Certificate in International Legal Studies, issued by the Center for International Legal Studies. The administrative fee for the courses is only US $30 per credit. Students who complete the Certificate (3 courses) may transfer 6 credits toward the LL.M. in Transnational Commercial Practice degree and receive credit for fees already paid - as well as apply for a 50% LL.M. tuition scholarship. Distance learning can account for a total of 6 of the 21 credits required for the LL.M.

How to Join the Program

  1. Access the registration form.
  2. Select a course or courses.
  3. Pay the administrative fee(s) with PayPal.
  4. Upon registration and payment, you will receive a link to create your distance-learning account and access your course(s).
Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated January 30, 2019
This course is Online
Start Date
8 weeks