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Program Curriculum

Program Requirements:

Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits* to graduate, including the following:

  1. at least 3 classes from the following list:
    • American Constitutional Law (2 cr)
    • Business Enterprises (Introduction to American Business Law) (2cr)
    • Civil Litigation for Foreign Professionals (2 cr)
    • Contracts (2 cr)
    • Professional Responsibility (International Legal Ethics) (2 cr)
  2. Common Law Reasoning and Writing (RWA) (2 cr)
  3. additional classes to total 24 credits.*

At least 12 credits will be offered in Dubai each year.

* M.J. students (students without a prior degree in law) must complete 26 credits (i.e., they must complete a 2-credit “Foundations of Law” class (offered online)).

2013-2014 Schedule of Classes:

2013-2014 Fall/Spring Classes [Updated 8/22/13]:

Dubai Course Offerings Fall 2013

Topics in Family Law: Comparative Family Law LAW 541R (October 3-6, 2013 (Thur 5:30pm -9:30pm; Fri-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm)) - Professor Melanie Jacobs

Course Description:  This course examines family structures and the changing nature of “family” in the U.S. and throughout the world, with a particular emphasis on a comparison of U.S. and Shari’a law.  Having considered the various types of legally recognized family relationships – such as spousal relationships and parent-child relationships – we will further examine the rights and responsibilities of parties within those relationships.  Finally, we will consider the dissolution of family relationships and corresponding issues such as division of property, spousal support, child support, and child custody.   The course will conclude with a take-home exam.

International Business Transactions LAW 512B (November 7-10, 2013 (Thur 5:30pm -9:30pm; Fri-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm)) Professor John Reifenberg

Course Description: This course is an introduction to international business transactions. We will explore the following general topics : agreements for the international trading of goods, financing the international sale of goods, establishing and operating a foreign investment, the resolution of international business disputes and enforcement of dispute settlement awards.  The course will conclude with a take-home exam.

Global Perspectives on Education Law LAW 545E (December 5-8, 2013 (Thur 5:30pm -9:30pm; Fri-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm)) - Professor Kristi Bowman

Course Description:  This course addresses a specific topic within the broader topic of public international human rights law: education.  Countries around the world as well as prominent international treaties and covenants recognize that children have a right to education.  The potential benefits of education are many: arguably, it can support the development of stable government, reduce inequalities among groups of people, promote individual economic well being, contribute to overall economic development of societies, and ultimately help enable countries to become more powerful on the global stage.  Law is regularly used by nation-states and by regional and global international bodies as a lever to advance these goals.  Thus, this course will consider a range of international and comparative legal and policy choices.  At the end of the course, each student will write an original paper.

  • International Sale of Goods (February 6-9, 2014 (Thur 5:30pm -9:30pm; Fri-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm)) - Professors Brad Stone and Santiago Gonzalez-Luna
  • Professional Responsibility (International Legal Ethics) (March 6-9, 2014 (Thur 5:30pm -9:30pm; Fri-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm)) - Professor Troy Brown
  • Comparative/International Taxation (April 24-27, 2014 (Thur 5:30pm -9:30pm; Fri-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm)) - Professor Beverly Moran [UPDATED 5/13/13]

Dubai Course Offerings Spring 2014

(Updated 2/7/14)

International Sale of Goods (February 6-9, 2014 (Thur 5:30pm -9:30pm; Fri-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm)) - Professors Brad Stone and Santiago Gonzalez-Luna

Students in this course will study international sales law under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).  The course also includes examination of the following topics: The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, and INCOTERMS (2010). The course is jointly taught both from a common law and civil law perspective. 

Topics in Professional Responsibility: Comparative Professional Codes of Conduct (International Legal Ethics) (March 6-9, 2014 (Thur 5:30pm -9:30pm; Fri-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm)) - Professor Troy Brown

This course is a problem-based comparative examination of legal ethics and the rules governing professional conduct of lawyers practicing in the DIFC compared to those practicing in the United States. Specifically, the course will focus analysis on the rules governing conflicts of interest and confidentiality, and their underlying conceptual differences.

International Taxation (April 24-27, 2014 (Thur 5:30pm -9:30pm; Fri-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm)) - Professor Beverly Moran

The course will explore issues of tax policy in a variety of settings with the hope of providing students with the background necessary to understand basic tax principles as well as to contribute to the formation of tax laws and policies at home and abroad.

International Commercial Arbitration (online) – Professor Mary Bedikian

International commercial arbitration is the most popular alternative dispute settlement mechanism for resolving disputes between parties arising out of international commercial transactions. The basic goal of this course is to give students a thorough understanding of the international commercial arbitration process and the role of national courts in supporting that process.  The course will include examination of the rules of international commercial arbitration institutions, such as the International Chamber of Commerce, and international conventions on commercial arbitration.

2013 Summer Classes (Online ONLY) [Updated 5/14/13]:

  • Foundations of Law (3 credits) - ONLINE: Weekly Assignments begin week of May 13, 2013 (must register by May 20, 2013) - Professor Brent Domann
  • Administrative Law: Food Safety and Labeling (3 credits) - ONLINE: Weekly Assignments begin week of May 13, 2013 (must register by May 20, 2013) - Professor Jennifer Copland
  • Global Risk Regulation: Food Focus (3 credits) - ONLINE: Weekly Assignments begin week of May 13, 2013 (must register by May 20, 2013) - Professor Al Alemanno

Students are guided by expert faculty and staff who have lived and practiced abroad, and who are eager to work with foreign-trained professionals who will bring their own diverse experiences and backgrounds to the Law College. Students receive personal academic and career advising to help them make the best possible curricular choices.

2012-2013 Schedule of Classes [COMPLETED]:

  • Program Orientation
    Business Enterprises (Introduction to American Business Law)
    (2 credits)
    October 5-7, 2012 (Friday-Sunday). Times: Friday and Saturday (9:00am - 6:30pm); Sunday (5:00pm - 9:30 pm).

    This course offers the fundamentals of American Business Law. Topics covered include agency principles, forms of business, corporate and capital structure, alternative dispute resolution, sales and e-commerce, product liability and consumer protection, and intellectual property.

    Professor Mike Lawrence, Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs.
  • Law Practice Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2 credits)
    December 8-11, 2012. Times: Saturday & Sunday (3:00pm-9:30pm); Monday (1:00pm-6:00pm); Tuesday (4:00pm-9:30pm).

    This course offers training in the evolving world of technology in legal service delivery and provides students with an understanding of these trends and how they might capitalize on them in modern law practice or in the development of their own legal technology. The course will include the one-day ReInvent Law Conference in Dubai on Monday, December 10, 2012 at the DIFC Centre for Excellence.

    Professors Renee Newman Knake and Daniel Katz.
  • Common Law Reasoning and Writing (RWA-LLM) (2 credits)
    December 7-10, 2012. Times (tentative): Friday (9:00am-7:00pm); Saturday & Sunday (9:00am-2:15pm); Monday (9:00am-12:00pm).

    This course is designed to teach the fundamental skills necessary for legal reasoning, research, and written communication in the United States common law system.

    Professor Sammy Mansour.
  • Foundations of Law (2 credits)
    January - April, 2012. Times: ONLINE. Weekly assignments begin week of January 7, 2012.

    This online course, specially designed for international lawyers and professionals, provides an introduction to the American Legal System and American Jurisprudence. (Please NOTE: This class is REQUIRED for M.J. students; and is OPTIONAL for LL.M. students.)

  • American Constitutional Law (2 credits)
    Times: 1st Friday (11:00am-2:00pm) & Saturday (9:00am-2:00pm); Tuesday (6:00pm-9:30pm); 2nd Friday (1:00pm-6:00pm) & Saturday (9:00am-2:00pm).

    The course is designed to acquaint students with the fundamentals of the United States Constitution by surveying the Constitution’s approach to governmental structure and individual rights. Major topics include Federalism, Separation of Powers, Due Process, Equal Protection, and Freedom of Speech. .January 18-19; 22; 25-26, 2013.

    Professor Kevin Saunders
  • Civil Litigation for Foreign Lawyers & Professionals
    Times: Friday & Saturday (9:00am-5:00pm); Monday, Tuesday (5:30pm-9:30pm). (2 credits)
    This course explains the litigation process in the United States, and is designed to equip foreign-educated professionals with the skills needed to manage lawsuits involving individuals and companies who do business in the United States. [Materials for this course will be posted on the password-protected website.] .
    March 15-16; 18-19, 2013.[UPDATED 1/15/13]

    Professor Nick Wittner
  • International Corporate Governance: Agenda for the 21st Century
    Times: Friday & Saturday (9:00am-5:00pm); Monday & Tuesday (5:30pm-9:30pm). (2 credits)
    This course discusses current issues in corporate governance, offering a comparative perspective of the corporate experience in the United States and other jurisdictions around the world.
    April 26-27; 29-30, 2013.
    Professor Bruce Bean

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