The program offered by the Center for American Law Studies is a one-year program designed for law students and law graduates. During the academic year 2020/21, the Center offers nine courses. The courses are specially designed and selected to give students and graduates the best understanding of the common law system and unique issues of the American legal system, and to introduce the legal issues and problems which may be the most common in the students' future profession.

After successful completion of one-year course of study, students will receive 12 ECTS and will be awarded certificate of completion.

The top students of the Center will be offered summer clerkships in the law firms which are sponsors of the program and will be presented with "book awards".

During the one-year program 9 courses are taught for two weeks and 1 course is taught for one week (five times a week for 1.5 hours). During the course of study, students are introduced to traditional and innovative teaching methods applied at American universities to insure a dynamic professional program. All the study materials necessary for class preparation will be provided by the Center.


Class Schedule for academic year 2020/21


12-23 October, Introduction to US Law, Professor Paul Koster (Emory)

2-13 November, Constitutional Law, Professor Julie Seaman (Emory)

7-18 December, Contracts, Professor Kamina Pinder (Emory)

11-22 January, Property Law, Professor Ted Afield (GSU)

22 February – 5 March, Role of Lawyers in the US System, Professor Tameka Lester (GSU)

15-26 March, Torts, Professor Kelly Timmons (GSU)

12-23 April, Criminal Procedure and Law, Russel Covey (GSU)

4 – 14 May, Legal Writing, Professor Margareth Vath (GSU)

20  May -  2 June, Business Organizations, Professor George Shepherd (Emory)


(Please note that the sequence and topics of the courses may be changed.)



1.        Introduction to American Law

The introductory course includes topics such as: division of powers between state and federal government, separation of  powers doctrine, sources of law, the adjudication process, structure of the court system, typical court proceedings, and the role of the Supreme Court, judges and legal profession in U.S. During the course students will be introduced to teaching techniques provided at American universities, as well as reading and analyzing cases.

2.       Contracts

This course will review the American common law of contracts, along with introductions to the American Uniform Commercial Code. Distinctions will also be drawn between American and English common law, as well as brief references to the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (American federal sales law).


3.       Constitutional Law

The course covers topics related to the role of the Constitution in the American legal system, judicial enforcement of the Constitution to preserve individual liberties, judicial review, as well as in-depth analyses of several constitutional topics, surveyed in the Introductory course.


 4.       Legal Writing


 5.       Property Law


6.       Role of Lawyers


7.        Criminal Procedure

This course will cover civil liability for harm caused by wrongful acts that violate non-contractual duties imposed by law. Topics include theory of   negligence, common law strict liability, product liability and commercial torts.

8.         Business Organizations

The course considers various forms of doing business in the United States.  Emphasis is placed upon agency and partnership with consideration to other forms of business such as non-profit corporations, professional associations and limited liability companies.


9.         Torts



Two weeks courses will take place every day Monday through Friday:

* Mondays, 4:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m  

* Tuesdays, 4:45 p.m.- 6:15 p.m.  

* Wendesdays, 8:00 a.m. -9:30 a.m.  

* Thursday, 4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.  

* Fridays, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.