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Professor stands at front of classroom. Students are seated with laptops in front of them.Classes will meet on weekdays in the mornings and afternoons, and no courses will be offered simultaneously. Classes will be limited in size in order to facilitate interaction between faculty members and students. Foreign students considering further study or the practice of law in the United States will benefit especially from the Introduction to American Law course, from the case method of teaching, and from frequent interaction with faculty members and fellow students. Classroom instruction will be supplemented by visits to international organizations and law firms.

Courses will be divided into two two-week terms, each of which (except for Introduction to American Law) will be taught by faculty members from different legal cultures in order better to expose participants not only to comparative law studies but also to different teaching methods. Students may enroll in as many as three courses for a maximum of six semester hours of credit. Students must enroll in the same courses for both terms of the program. Netherlands lawyers may, however, attend a single course for one or both terms.

All instruction will be in English. Written materials for each course will be supplied at no extra charge at the time of registration at the Institute. Any additional reference materials will be made available at the program site. Library facilities will be available at the Leiden University. Students will also have access to computer facilities.

Those participants who are matriculated at Duke University School of Law may apply academic credits earned in the program toward their degree requirements. Member schools of the Association of American Law Schools normally will award J.D. credit for any course satisfactorily completed in the program; however, acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by the student's home school.The program of study is offered as part of the fully accredited curriculum of the Duke University School of Law.