Global Legal Perspectives – 1 credit hour (mandatory course)

The Global Legal Perspectives 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.

Introduction to European Union Law – 2 credit hours

Prof. Prof. Louis Natali

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

Prof. Susan DeJarnatt (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.