Law 470 - American Law in a Global Context

Peter L. Reich

Peter L. Reich

Lecturer in Law
Academic Director, Law & Communication Intensive
B.A. UCLA, 1976
M.A. UCLA, 1977
J.D. UC Berkeley, 1985
Ph.D. UCLA, 1991
UCLA Faculty Since 2017
Course Description:

This course prepares 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 United States.  The course introduces students to the structure and workings of the U.S. legal system, the common law method, methods of case analysis and statutory interpretation, and introductory constitutional principles.  Students will learn what to anticipate in the law school classroom, including how to brief a case and  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 will be held prior to the start of spring term classes in late January, with sessions on analytic writing and exam preparation held later. 

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
Peter Reich 21S 470 LEC 1 Unscheduled 2.0 No No
  This section limited to foreign LLM students. Enrollment processed through the Graduate Studies Office.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Spring 2021 LEC 1
Bergman, Goodman and Holm. Cracking the Case Method: Legal Analysis for Law School Success   2nd ed.  
ISBN: 9781640202016. West Academic Publishing. REQUIRED $45.00