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University of Silesia School of U.S. Law

General Information

Loyola has partnered with The University of Toledo College of Law and The University of Arkansas, William M. Bowen School of Law to establish The U.S. School of Law at University of Silesia Faculty of Law and Administration. To be held on the Silesia campus in Katowice, Poland, this international course is comprised of 10 meetings/sessions at the University of Silesia, which take place on one weekend each month (Saturday and Sunday). Every weekend session is led by professors specializing in particular areas of U.S. law.

The course is directed towards students of law, business, economics and administration (at every year), as well as law graduates and law practitioners of different professions (e.g.: advocates, legal advisors, other practitioners in law offices).

The classes will be conducted solely in English.

The program will run from October 2015 - July 2016. 

Curriculum Goals 

  1. To acquaint University of Silesia postgraduates with the fundamental principles of U.S. domestic law and theory from a comparative perspective;
  2. To expose University of Silesia postgraduates to basic skills for researching, writing, and advocating legal issues in the United States;
  3. To give University of Silesia postgraduates an opportunity to experience the pedagogical approaches used by most U.S. domestic law schools.

2015 - 2016 Curriculum

October 2015

Introduction to U.S. Contract Law
Robert Garda, Fanny Edith Winn Distinguished Professor, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Course Description: This course introduces students to the theories and doctrines of common law Contracts as it is applied in the United States. The course will focus on the prima facie case for breach of contract, including contract formation, contract validity and the remedies available for breach of contract. The course will also introduce students to the law relating to contract interpretation, contract performance, excuses to contractual performance and defenses to breach of contract actions.

November 2015

Comparative Civil Procedure
Kenneth S. Gould, Professor of Law, Emeritus, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Bowen School of Law

Course Description: Comparative Civil Procedure provides an overview of the litigation process of the United States as compared with that of the EU, including pretrial procedures.

December 2015

Fundamentals of the U.S. Law of Evidence
Daniel J. Steinbock, Dean of the University of Toledo College of Law and Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law and Values

Course Description: Fundamentals of the Law of Evidence is a survey of the rules and policies governing a trial court’s fact-finding process, as exemplified by the Federal Rules of Evidence. Topics cover the range of evidentiary issues at trial, including the content of admissible proof, the matter of presenting it and the respective roles of the judge and jury.

January 2016

Introduction to U.S. Constitutional Law
Isabel Medina, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Course Description: Students will be introduced to the U.S. Constitution, the structure of government it sets up including particular features like judicial review, separation of powers and federalism. In addition, students will be introduced to express rights like the First, Second, and Fourth Amendments, implied fundamental rights under the due process clause of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments like the right to marry, reproductive rights and family rights, and the equality guaranty of the Equal Protection Clause. Students will also gain an understanding of the Constitution from a historical and cultural perspective, recognizing the role of slavery and immigration in the development of U.S. law and culture, and the diverse groups of people and territories that came to make up the modern day United States.

February 2016

Introduction to U.S. Criminal Law
Gregory M. Gilchrist, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law

Course Description: This course will focus on the general principles of liability, defenses, and the definitional elements of certain crimes.

March 2016

U.S. Legal Analysis and Legal Writing
Lyn Entrikin, Professor of Law, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Bowen School of Law

Course Description: This course introduces students to the process of legal reasoning, using case and statutory analysis, public policy, and equity. Students develop the practical skills needed for planning, researching, drafting, and revising forms of objective legal writing, such as office memoranda commonly prepared by lawyers.

April 2016

Specialized Legal Research in U.S. Criminal Law
Jeff B. Woodmansee, Assistant Professor of Law Librarianship, Research Support and Reference Librarian, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Bowen School of Law

Course Description: This class is designed to equip students with the knowledge and practical skills necessary for effective legal research, with a specific focus at the legal research materials and strategies used in the practice of criminal law for students interested in becoming criminal prosecutors or defense attorneys. The course will review the basic concepts of research and foundational primary sources of federal criminal law, including the U.S. Constitution, statutes, case opinions, and specialized materials relevant for criminal law research. Electronic sources will be explored and critiqued. The class will emphasize research methods in a variety of online formats, including modern database searching via WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, Bloomberg Law, Fastcase, Google Scholar, HeinOnline, and LoisLaw, as well as relevant federal government websites and online sources for factual investigation.

May 2016

NITA Style Trial Advocacy Training
Michael Johnson, Visiting Professor of Law, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Bowen School of Law

Course Description: Through a combination of lectures and small group workshops, University of Silesia Postgraduate students will learn a variety of lawyering skills for litigation including: problem solving and development of legal theory; pre-trial litigation skills; and trial skills.

June 2016

Comparative Property Law
Shelley Cavalieri, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law

Course Description: This course in an introduction to the law of personal property and the law of real property as it relates to estates and interests in land, landlord-tenant relationships, real estate transactions, private agreements respecting the use of land and public controls on property use including a comparative assessment of the relative rights and interest as recognized in a system rooted in the common law tradition versus those cognizable in the EU civil context.

July 2016

Introduction to U.S. Secured Lending Laws
Chunlin Leonhard, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Course Description: This seminar will offer a general introduction of the secured lending laws in the United States. It focuses specifically on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code with regard to the transactions involving consensual security interests in personal property and fixtures.   The seminar will focus on the types of transactions covered by Article 9 and the requirements for the creation and perfection of security interests under Article 9. This seminar will also discuss priority rules among different creditors in cases of borrowers’ default or bankruptcy. A general understanding of Article 9 will help businesses avoid the pitfalls when engaged in any commercial loan transactions in the United States.

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Faculty Participants

Robert A. Garda,  Fanny Edith Winn Distinguished Professor of Law

Chunlin Leonhard, Associate Professor of Law and Director of LL.M. Programs

M. Isabel Medina, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law