Law 470 - American Law in a Global Context

Patrick D. Goodman

Patrick D. Goodman

Lecturer in Law
B.A. UCLA, 1991
M.Ed. UCLA, 1992
J.D. Columbia, 1996
UCLA Faculty Since 2001
Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare the foreign lawyer for American legal study.  It is required for any LL.M. student who has not previously earned a law degree in the U.S.  The course provides information on the workings of the U.S. legal system, discusses the common law method, and covers introductory constitutional principles.  Students will learn what to anticipate in the law school classroom, including how to brief a case and otherwise prepare for class.

Students will also receive instruction on library research skills needed in the practice of law.  Emphasis will be placed on appropriate and effective research strategies and evaluation of sources, both print and electronic.

Most of the class sessions are held prior to the start of the fall semester.  Sessions on analytic writing and exam preparation will be held in September.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students learn what to anticipate in the law school classroom, including how to brief a case and otherwise prepare for class and examinations.  Students also receive instruction on library research skills needed in the practice of law.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Patrick Goodman 19F 470 LEC 1 Unscheduled 2.0 No No
  Limited to foreign LLM students. Enrollment processed through the Graduate Studies Office.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2019 LEC 1
Bergman, Goodman and Holm. Cracking the Case Method: Legal Analysis for Law School Success   2nd ed.  
ISBN: 9781640202016. West Academic Publishing. REQUIRED $42.00
Notes: Students should order the 2nd edition only.