Summer Programs

Orientation in U.S.A. Law

July 10 – August 5, 2016

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The 2016 Orientation in U.S.A. Law program marks the 27th anniversary of this successful international summer law program. Lawyers, judges, prosecutors and defenders, notaries, law professors, pre-LL.M. students and business professionals attend this program to gain a better understanding of the theories and practices of the U.S. legal system. Participants engage in more than 170 hours of classes, seminars and on-site observations.

Many participants begin with the Orientation in U.S.A. Law program and then continue with the specialized programs in The Global Trading System (offered August 7-20, 2016) and Financing International Transactions (offered in 2017), Structuring an International Joint Venture (offered in 2018) .

However, the Orientation in U.S.A. Law is not a prerequisite for any of the three specialized programs.


July 10 – August 5, 2016

We strongly recommend enrolling at least eight weeks before the program start date to ensure adequate time for the local U.S. embassy in your country to process the necessary visa for entering the United States. We have been informed by past participants that U.S. embassies in some countries can take from four-six weeks to process non-immigrant visas (student, business or tourist).


University of California, Davis with visits to the University of California, Berkeley, and the Sacramento courts.


Nonrefundable application fee: U.S. $150

Academic tuition: U.S. $4,575

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.


All participants attend core classes three hours daily on such topics as:

  • Contracts
  • Torts
  • Intellectual property law and real property law
  • Taxation
  • Dispute resolution–domestic and international
  • Remedies
  • Business associations
  • Securities
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Evidence
  • Business planning and structures, contracts, commercial and consumer law, corporations and securities lawCivil procedure
  • Antitrust regulations
  • Labor and environmental law
  • Ethics
  • Legal research using databases
  • Negotiation, arbitration, mediation
  • Trial demonstrations/workshops on negotiation, arbitration, mediation and other dispute resolution techniques

Participants choose afternoon or evening elective seminars three hours daily that are related to their areas of specialization. General topics are:

  • Business and trade
  • U.S. criminal justice system
  • Judicial management
  • Law school preparation for pre-LL.M. candidates

^ Topics subject to minor revision.


The Orientation in U.S.A. Law program draws law school faculty from the University of California at Davis and includes outstanding legal practitioners and business experts representing major California firms that perform international legal work.