Law 111 - Introduction to American Law

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:

A wide variety of non-lawyer specialists must address legal problems in government, private sector, and nonprofit settings. Designed for non-lawyers interfacing with the legal system, this course has three main objectives in preparing M.L.S. students to embark upon their study of law:
(i) introducing students to the substance of U.S. public and private law, (ii) developing their issue recognition and advocacy skills, and (iii) enhancing their success in the law school environment through exercises in source analysis and exam-taking.

Course Learning Outcomes:

M.L.S. students will be prepared for more in-depth analysis of the US legal system.  They will understand the common law method, the structure of federal and state courts, how to read and brief cases, and how to study for exams.  They will be familiarized with the role of non-attorney specialists in the professional world, including the regulation of the unauthorized practice of law.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Peter Reich 20F 111 LEC 1 Unscheduled 1.0 No No
  Limited to MLS students. Enrollment processed through the MLS Office. Course meets 8/17/2020 - 8/21/2020.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2020 LEC 1
Shapo and Shapo. Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success  3rd ed.  
ISBN: 9781599414195. Foundation Press. REQUIRED $57.00