Introduction to American legal system (konwersatorium) - 2018/2019

Course description
General information
Lecturer:mgr Marzena Rzeszót
Organising unit:Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration - Instytut Prawa
Number of hours (week/semester): 1/15
ECTS code:10900-0201-0200KON0037
Language of instruction:English
Course objective
The course is focused on the structure of US federal government, system of checks and balances, division of power between states and federal government. During the course
students will study system legal education in US, way of becoming a lawyer, different areas of practice of law, role and status of judges in US system.
COURSE TYPE AND PREREQUISITES: elective course for III, IV, V year students of law, administration, European studies, intermediate level of English.
Learning outcomes
Teaching method
Socratic method, brain storm, small groups discussions, case study
Course content description
I. Introductory class: basic information about IALS.
II. Introduction to Legal History of The United States and their governmental structure
a. Declaration of Independence
b. Articles of Confederation
III. Introduction to Legal History of The United States and their governmental structure: Part II:
a. Constitution of the United States:
i. Historical background
ii. Governmental structure under US Constitution
iii. Separation and balance of powers among the branches of government.
IV. The Constitution: Part I:
a. The Preamble
b. Legislative Branch
c. Executive Branch
V. The Constitution: Part II:
a. Judicial Branch
b. Relations among the States
c. Amendments – The Bill of Rights
VI. Congress: Part I:
a. The House of Representatives
b. The Senate
VII. Congress: Part II:
a. Inside Congress
b. Making a Law
VIII. The Presidency: Part I:
a. Powers of the President
b. Elections
IX. The Presidency: Part II:
a. The Vice Presidency
b. Cabinet and Staff
c. Other federal bureaucratic organizations
X. The Federal Judiciary:
a. Legal Methodology
i. Sources of law
ii. Common Law
iii. Statutory Law in Common Law System
XI. The Judicial System:
a. The Court system
b. Federalism in the Judicial System
XII. The Supreme Court:
a. History
b. Structure
Forms of assessment
test exam
Required reading list
Obligatory reading materials are distributed during the course of the class. Reading includes cases from the United States Supreme Court.
Field of study: Law
Course listing in the Schedule of Courses:
Year/semester:Year IV - Semester 7
Number of ECTS credits: 2
Form of assessment: Grade
Year/semester:Year V - Semester 9
Number of ECTS credits: 2
Form of assessment: Grade