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.

Law & Justice: International Literary Perspectives – 2 credit hours

Prof. Finbarr McCarthy

Of what does justice consist? One important component is decision according to rule, rendered by a neutral, impartial decision-maker. But the rule of law ideal does not exhaust our conceptions of justice. When rigidly applying rules seems unduly harsh, justice may consist of showing mercy. Or an occasion might seem to require an empathetic rather than an impartial decision-maker. And, sometimes, focusing on results rather than on procedure is important. Drawing upon literature—short stories, novels, plays–from several countries, this course will examine competing images of just outcomes and procedures. Through in-class discussions, simulations, and writing exercises, students will bring these differing images to bear on an actual legal case in order to see how alternative ideas of justice might affect how lawyers understand and perform their work.

International Dispute Resolution – 2 credit hours

Prof. Kristen Murray

This course introduces students to fundamental concepts in the field of international dispute resolution (including international arbitration and cross-cultural negotiation and mediation). The regulation of transnational interactions between parties is increasingly relevant and important to modern law practice. What are the underlying principles that govern these interactions and how do they operate? What alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are available? The class will include lectures, class participation, simulation exercises, short writing exercises, and guest presentations.