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MCL Admitted Student Resources

Key Dates

International Student Orientation (Required)
January 3, 2020

Semester Begins
January 6, 2020


Reqiured Courses

Introduction to the American Legal System

Designed for lawyers trained outside of the United States, the course provides an overview of the constitutional principles, history, and governmental structures that shape the U.S. legal system; the constitutional foundations of the U.S. legal system, including the concepts of separation of powers and federalism; the structure of the state and federal court systems and concepts of jurisdiction; the mechanisms by which the law is assessed and applied by the courts; the role of lawyers and the relationship between law and society;and the primary subject areas of 1st year legal study.

Legal Writing & Research

This course introduces students to the concepts of legal analysis and the techniques and strategies for legal research, as well as the requirements and analytical structures for legal writing in the American common law legal system.

US Culture and Language for Law

This seminar is designed to prepare students for the teaching and learning in US law classes and to give them an opportunity to review the principles of US academic legal discourse. It introduces students to how professors expect them to learn in US law classes, to US written discourse structure, to using and attributing source materials, and reviews English sentence structure, grammar, and mechanics. Students will practice the skills they learn through the development and writing of a short paper.

Contracts

A study of the basic principles governing the formation, performance, enforcement, and imposition of contractual obligations, and the role of these principles in the ordering processes of society.


Elective Courses

Business Associations

A study of foundational concepts in agency, partnership, and corporation law. Topics include choice of business form, entity formation, organization, financing, and dissolution, as well as the rights and responsibilities of, and the allocation of power among, the business entity's owners/shareholders, management, and other stakeholders. The course also covers closely held enterprises, as well as basic issues in corporate finance and federal securities law. Students will be required to complete regular homework exercises and participate in a group exercise (ungraded) over the course of the semester. (Options 1 or 3)

Contract Drafting

This course teaches students the principles of drafting commercial agreements. Although the course will be of particular interest to students pursuing a corporate or commercial law career, the concepts are applicable to any transactional practice. In this course, students will learn how transactional lawyers translate the business deal into contract provisions, as well as techniques for minimizing ambiguity and drafting with clarity. Through a combination of lecture, hands-on drafting exercises, and extensive homework assignments, students will learn about different types of contracts, other documents used in commercial transactions, and the drafting problems the contracts and documents present. The course will also focus on how a drafter can add value to a deal by finding, analyzing, and resolving business issues.  (Option 1)

Constitutional Law

An introductory study of the United States Constitution, including judicial review, the powers of Congress, the powers of the president, and the interrelationship of state and national governments. Includes an introduction to individual rights, with emphasis on the operation of the Fourteenth Amendment due process and equal protection clauses. (Option 2)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

The study of case law and the formal litigation process and the role it plays in our society is essential to effective lawyering. Yet less than 2% of civil cases are resolved by trial. This experiential course will explore the use of appropriate dispute resolution processes – negotiation, mediation and arbitration and various hybrids – by which most legal conflicts are resolved. The course, taught in an intensive format over three weekends will provide practical skills and experience through a combination of lecture discussion, exercises and simulations to ground students in both ADR theory and practice. (Options 2 or 3)