This concise guide provides instruction for foreign legal practitioners or advanced LLM students on the basics of the U.S. legal system and the process of legal reasoning, using substantive topics in U.S. law as example.
Using an innovative learning process, you'll be exposed to legal concepts in your system and language, and those same concepts in the U.S. legal system. This engaging book will help you develop confidence in the use of terms and concepts that are frequently used in the U.S. legal system. You'll find expert guidance on topics like summarizing key U.S. legal decisions, researching case law online, appealing judgments, and preparing case summaries for a client or partner. The guide addresses each concept using plain English language and, where appropriate, giving examples of concepts in practice to strengthen the reader's understanding.
Narrowing the Gap also provides special focus on contracts, torts, and trade law. In these areas, you'll find an outline of the law in the U.S., as well as central concepts of relevance to that area of law today. In addition, the book illustrates the pitfalls that a foreign legal practitioner can encounter when working in these areas of U.S. law to help them approach these cases with a cautious eye to detail.
Finally, you'll find valuable information on how you can further your knowledge of U.S. law by studying law in the United States, and also a specialized legal English dictionary of terms and phrases that are most commonly used in the three substantive areas and in the procedural practice area of law.
If you're a foreign legal practitioner or advanced LLM student looking to strengthen your discussion and negotiation skills using legal English concepts common in the United States, this guide is your perfect desk reference to refer to on key concepts that you face on a regular basis.read more
Kevin J. Fandl is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Strategic Global Management at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. He has a decade of federal service experience, most recently as the Chief of Staff for international trade and intellectual property at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He previously served as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Secretary, among other roles within the Department of Homeland Security.
Kevin is an active researcher and lecturer both domestically and abroad. His work focuses on law and public policy issues that have an international nexus. The foundations of his research include rule of law in emerging economies, international trade, and immigration law and policy. He has published three books and numerous journal articles addressing these and similar topics. He has served as a legal expert for the World Bank and the Organization of American States and is a former Fulbright Scholar and Presidential Management Fellow. He consults and lectures regularly with law firms and universities around the world, often delivering lectures on U.S. law to assist foreign law and business practitioners as they expand into the global legal market. As part of this work, Kevin is the Course Advisor for Legal English at the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C., where he trains foreign judges, dignitaries, and practitioners on U.S. law and business topics.
Kevin earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University in 2010. He earned his JD in law and MA in International Relations in 2003 from the American University. He is licensed to practice law in New York, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. Kevin lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.read more