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Summer in Rome | Course Descriptions

  • International Business Transactions, Introduction to European Union Law, and International Civil Litigation are each worth 2 credits. J.D. Students may enroll in up to 5 credits.  LL.M. students may enroll in up to 7 credits. Maximum enrollment per course is limited to 35 J.D. students. For questions relating to program grading, please refer to Temple Law's grading policy found here. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the Program is subject to determination by the student's home school.

2014 Program Schedule (tentative)

International Business Transactions (2 credit hours)        
Jonathan Lipson

This course will introduce you to international business law primarily in a transactional setting.  This is a vast subject.  To represent clients that want to do business with persons from other countries, a practitioner needs to know something of how contract law works in other countries, and of the international law (such as it may be) that will govern international transactions.  In addition, one also needs to know about mechanisms businesses can use to deal with insecurity about delivery or payment.  This insecurity can haunt any contract between strangers but is endemic in transactions between strangers when business is conducted at great distances.  The lawyer also needs to know how to prospectively shape dispute resolution, should a dispute arise–how to limit where and how disputes are resolved and what law the decision maker will use to decide them.   This course will offer a broad survey of these and possibly other areas that confront business lawyers representing clients in international business transactions.

Introduction to European Union Law (2 credit hours)       
Professor Louis Natali (co-director)

Italy is a member of the European Union, making it an excellent place to study European law. This course surveys the institutions of the European Union, the EU mechanisms for establishing law and adjudicating disputes, and the main bodies of EU law and leading cases. The focus of this course will be on issues of jurisdiction, harmonization and enforcement of the laws of the various European member states.

International Civil Litigation (2 credit hours)
Professor Susan DeJarnatt (co-director)

As the world grows ever more interconnected, U.S. lawyers are often encountering legal problems that have an international or cross-border dimension.  This course is designed to introduce students to the skills needed to research common examples of these problems.  The course is a skills course, not an exam course.  The course will introduce the fundamentals of international and comparative law research in the context of a series of problems often faced by U.S. lawyers with primarily domestic practices.  Students will receive feedback on their research and written work product and will have the opportunity to revise their work after the feedback.  Final grades will be based on the portfolio of written work produced by each student.  Topics are likely to include family law, enforcement of judgments, discovery, and other matters common to civil litigation.

Perspective on Law Abroad (1 credit hour - MANDATORY CLASS)    
Various Professors & Lecturers

The Global Scholars Program will provide students with an introduction - both in and out of the classroom- to international perspectives on law and legal practice. Topics will include an introduction to European Law, overview of the Italian legal profession, and international aspects of tax law. Students will be provided an opportunity to reflect on their personal perspectives on law, including their legal insights from the lived Roman experience. Students will also learn how to conduct themselves as professionals in visits to an Italian law firm and the Italian Bar Association. They will be expected to have business cards in English and Italian and will have opportunities to explore and share their learning and experiences with other legal professionals.