Civil Law Tradition (The)

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International / Comparative
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General Enrollment Course

The civil law is the legal tradition of all of Continental Europe and many other parts of the world. In our time of globalization, lawyers have increasing contacts with colleagues and clients from abroad. This course is designed to introduce you to the civil law's legal tradition and principles, and to familiarize you with foreign legal assumptions, institutions and reasoning through an examination of various areas of law, including civil and criminal. The cases and codifications studied will be principally those of France and Germany. The course also seeks to develop in students a comparative law approach to understanding foreign law more generally.