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 2017/18, the Center offers ten 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 16 ECTS and will be awarded certificate of completion.

(16 punktów ECTS uzyskanych w ramach programu Centrum Prawa Amerykańskiego nie jest zaliczane ponad limit punków (tj. 365 pkt), który stanowi podstawę do naliczenia dodatkowej opłaty w wys. 125 zł za każdy nadprogramowy punkt ECTS)

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 the Center for American Law Studies – Academic Year 2017/18*

16-27 October, Introduction to American Law, Professor Clark Cunningham (GSU)

13-24 November, Constitutional Law, Professor Neil Kinkopf (GSU)

4-15 December, Contracts, Professor Corneill Stephens (GSU)

8-19 January, ADR, Professor Paul Zwier, ADR (Emory)

19- February – 2 March, Intellectual Property, Professor Yaniv Heled (GSU)

12-23 March, Torts, professor Kelly Timmons (GSU)

9-20 April, Business Organizations, professor George Shepard (Emory)

23 -27 April - TBA

7-18 May, Legal Writing, Professor Nancy Daspit (Emory)

28 May – 8 June,   Family Law, professor Michael Broyd  (Emory)

* Please note that the sequence and topics of the courses may be changed


(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.        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.

3.        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).

 4.       ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution)

The course explores theories and skills involved in mediation and dispute resolution processes.   Readings, videotapes, role plays, simulations, and critical observations of mediations will be used to develop these theories and skills.

 5.       Intellectual Property

6.       Torts

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.

7.     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.

8.         TBA

9.         Legal Writing

10.       Family Law


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.