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The first year required elective courses in this group enable students to locate what they are learning about public and private law in the United States within the context of a larger universe – global networks of economic regulation and private ordering, public systems created through multilateral relations among states, and different and widely varying legal cultures and systems. The course on International Law introduces students to the sources, institutions, and procedures emerging over time through the bilateral and multi-lateral arrangements among states as well as the participation of nongovernmental actors. The course on Law and the International Economy introduces students to the network of economic regulation and private ordering affecting commercial transactions, trade, banking, and other systems for facilitating and regulating economic relations around the globe. The Comparative Law courses introduce students to one or more legal systems outside our own, to the borrowing and transmission of legal ideas across borders, and to a variety of approaches to substantive and procedural law that are rooted in distinct cultures and traditions. Students must take a course in this category, but may choose – depending on the scheduling of their section’s other spring courses -- from the six courses that satisfy the requirement.
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