699A Civil Law and Civil Lawyers: The French Experience (3)

What England is to the Common Law world, France is to the other great legal tradition: the Civil Law. This course is a focused, in-depth examination of the French legal system in action. Selections from the Code Civil are examined in the context of the unique structure and functioning of the French system of judicial, administrative and constitutional jurisdictions. The distinctively different role of judges in a non-common law system is examined as are the roles, formation and ethics of the various French legal professions. Judges and lawyers are also observed in on-site court sessions. Selected topics in French substantive law are studied from a comparative perspective. This course is offered only in the Northern Illinois University College of Law Summer Session at the University of Bordeaux Center for Judicial Studies, Agen, France.

This elective course is normally offered every year.