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The American Legal System (Amerykański system prawny) 4219-SF104
Konwersatorium (KON) Semestr zimowy 2024/25

Informacje o zajęciach (wspólne dla wszystkich grup)

Liczba godzin: 30
Limit miejsc: 20
Zaliczenie: Zaliczenie na ocenę

Required Reading

Buckland, William Warwick, and Arnold Duncan McNair Baron McNair. Roman Law and Common Law: A Comparison in Outline. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1965).

“THE COMMON LAW AND CIVIL LAW TRADITIONS” Handout From UC Berkley Course Handout.

Edlin, Douglas E. Judges and Unjust Laws: Common Law Constitutionalism and the Foundations of Judicial Review. (Ann Arbor, Mich: University of Michigan Press, 2008).

Slocum, Robin Wellford. “Introduction to the American Legal System” from Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Other Lawyering Skills (New York: LexisNexis, 2012), pgs 15-33

Jonakait, Randolph N. The American jury system. (New Haven, Ct:Yale University Press, 2003).

Kraśnicka, Izabela. Introduction to the American legal system. (Białystok: Temida 2 Press, 2008).

Kempin, Frederick. Historical introduction to Anglo-American law in a nutshell. (St. Paul, Mn: West Publishing, 1973).

Recommend Reading:

Bork, Robert H. A Country I Do Not Recognize: The Legal Assault on American Values. (Standford, CA: Hoover Press, 2013).

Schweber, Howard. Creation of American Common Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Efekty uczenia się:

Upon completing this course, the bachelor level student should be able to:


• Explain the origin of English common law and its significance to America’s past and current legal system.

• Comprehend the nature and significance of Magna Carta, Britain’s unwritten constitution, the United States Constitution, its Bill of Rights and other Amendments, together with some different state constitutions.

• Understand the role of an independent judiciary in England and America, and notice the difference between the two systems today: England’s judiciary undoubtedly is the best in the world, but America’s can be corrupt.


• Discuss intelligently the management of appellate cases as they converge to flexibly change precedent (doctrine of Stare Decisis) across time.

• Describe basic principles and terminology related to Administrative, Constitutional, Commercial and Contractual, Criminal, Domestic Relations, Environmental, Property (including Intellectual Property), and Tort law as the same have evolved historically from English common law, accommodating technological innovation.

• Respect British and American concerns for the rights of individuals, important to 21st Century global conflicts.

• Understand the pressure the American legal system faces as the character of American society changes.


• Being able to understand and analyze cases and reasoning behind actions take from US Law and Civil Procedure.

• Abiliity to comprehend and apply the principles and norms of US law to various situations in American culture and society

• Ability to explain and elaborate on the various characteristic of the US Legal System and the impact that it has on American Politics, Society, Economy, and Culture.

Metody i kryteria oceniania:

Quizes. (30% of overall grade) They are to be given in the start of a class—dealing with the material of the previous week(s).

Take Home Assignments Writing Assignments. (35% each). There will be two assignments in the semester. Each take home assignment will consist in a set of questions where students are expected to answer 2 of the questions asked. Each answer for each Take Home assignment will be 1000-1500 words for each of the answers answered

The teacher reserves the right to modify the student's final grade by 10% based upon the strength and value of the student’s class participation throughout the semester.

5! above 96% of average of students Take Home assignments and Quizes

5 between 90-96%

4+ between 85-89%

4 between 80-84%

3+ between 70-79%

3 between 60-69%

2 below 60%

Zakres tematów:

1. Introduction

Eldin 1-21; Kraśnicka; Slocum 15-33

2. The Background of the Common Law/What Legal History is About

Kempin 1-21; Eldin 22-46; “Common & Civil Law Tr..”

3. The Courts

Kempin 22-47; Eldin 47-111

4. The Jury

Kempin 48-61; Jonakait 1-127

5. The Jury Con’t

Jonakait 128-294

6. The Bench and Bar

Kempin 62-75; Eldin 138-168

7. Sources of Law--Custom and Cases

Kempin 76-88; Buckland & McNair 1-22

8. Legislation and Codification--Doctrinal Writings & Law of Persons

Kempin 89-109; Buckland & McNair 23-59

9. The Common Law in Action--Real Property

Kempin 110-162; Buckland & McNair 60-126

10. Succession & Obligations

Buckland & McNair 127-236

11. Torts

Kempin 162-188; Buckland & McNair 338-398

12. Contracts

Kempin 189-216; Buckland & McNair 237-338

13. Proceedures

Buckland & McNair 399-424

14. The Common Law Codified

The Law and Commerce: Action and Reaction

Kempin 217-222;

15. Negotiable Instruments & Business Organization

& Rehashing the main points of the Common Law

Kempin 223-262

Metody dydaktyczne:

Lectures and class discussion based on weekly assigned readings..

Grupy zajęciowe

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Grupa Termin(y) Prowadzący Miejsca Liczba osób w grupie / limit miejsc Akcje
1 każda środa, 15:00 - 16:30, sala 1.271
Clifford Bates Jr 16/20 szczegóły
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