2019  - fourth edition of American Law Summer School at Łazarski University - recruitment is open!


The programme is addressed to students of Law and Administration, lawyers and all those who are interested in American Law.

The programme covers 40 hours of classes, which are usually held at the end of June/ beginning of July.  

Our professors  implement teaching methods and approach, which is common for American law schools.

The programme of the School covers the most important areas of American law - constitutional law, civil law, criminal law, administrative law, civil and criminal procedures, commercial and business law. The programme will focus in particular on specificity of American common law system, the importance of case-law and rules regulating legal professions in America. Participants will improve their linguistic skills and by working on case-law under supervision of experienced practitioners, they will develop their analytical skills and will learn practical dimension of teaching of law.


The programme is run by two experienced American Attorneys: Attorney Stanley M. Serwatka (Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Texas El Paso Division) and Mallory Rasmussen (Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Texas El Paso Division)

At the successful completion of the Summer School participants will be awarded a certificate of participation and graduation of the Summer School.


Dates and place

 Classes of the fourth edition of American Law Summer School will take place between 24 June and 5 July 2019

Classes take place from Monday to Friday from 4 to 7 pm. 


I. History and Government Structure

  • Some Constitutional history
  • Government Structure under 1789 Constitution
  • Separation and balance of power among the three branches
  • States and Federalism
  • EImpact of governmental structure on the legal system (overview)  

II. Legal Methodology

  • Sources of law and their hierarchy
  • Common law
  • Statutory law in the common law system
  • Statutory interpretation methods
  • The form and general nature of caselaw
  • Legal reasoning process in caselaw
  • Legal research techniques and the form of legal argument

III. Adversary System and Jury Trials

  • Characteristics and rationale of the adversary system
  • Juries
  • Adversary jury trial and the lawyer's role in it
  • Evidence law
  • Criticisms of the adversary system
  • Criticisms of the jury system

IV. The Legal Profession

  • Legal education and admission to the bar
  • Issues in the regulation of practice
  • Types of practice
  • Minorities and women in the legal profession
  • Legal ethics

V. The Judicial System - An overview of court systems and judges

  • Trial Courts and appellate courts:  Basic characteristics and interrelationship
  • State and federal court structure and characteristics
  • Judges and methods of judicial selection
  • Other judicial officials and assistants
  • Subject-matter jurisdiction of state and federal courts

VI. Federalism Complications in the Judicial System

  • Laws applied in federal and state courts
  • Simultaneous litigation in state and federal court

VII. Administrative Law. Law and procedures of administrative agencies

  • Types and purposes of administrative agencies
  • Rule-making functions of agencies
  • Adjudicatory functions of agencies
  • Judicial review of agency action
  • Presidential and congressional controls on federal agency action

VII. Administrative Law. Separation of powers and federalism issues involving agencies

  • Administrative agencies and separation of powers
  • Federalism and sovereign immunity limits on suits to redress illegal federal and state agency action

VIII. Civil Procedure. The course of a civil lawsuit

  • The pleading stage of the case
  • The discovery stage
  • Motion for summary judgment and the final pretrial conference
  • Trial procedure
  • Judgments in civil cases:  money damages, Equitable relief and costs
  • Effect of judgments
  • Resolving cases without litigation 

IX. Civil Procedure. Complications of federalism

  • Personal jurisdiction in state and federal courts
  • Forum non conveniens
  • Recognition of judgments:  the "Full Faith and Credit" requirement
  • Choice of law rules

X.Criminal Procedure. Outline of the criminal justice process

  • Arrest, formal charges and the first appearance
  • Preliminary hearings, indictments or informations, and Pre-trial Motions
  • Trial
  • Sentencing procedures in criminal cases
  • Appellate review of convictions
  • Resolving criminal cases without trial

XI. Constitutional criminal procedure

  • Introduction and preliminary comments
  • Limitations on investigative techniques and apprehension of suspects
  • Rights at the charging stage and pre-trial release
  • Rights at trial
  • Effect of prior proceedings:  Double jeopardy guarantee
  • Limitations on punishment
  • Rights on appeal

XII. Constitutional Law. Judicial review, structure and powers

  • Judicial review
  • Limits on judicial review by federal courts
  • Legislative powers of the federal government and the relationship between the states and the federal government:  vertical federalism
  • The relationship between the states:  horizontal federalism

XIII. Individual rights

  • State action
  • Rights to equal protection of the laws
  • Substantive due process rights
  • First Amendment freedoms of expression
  • First Amendment religious freedoms

XIV. Contract law

  • Formation of contracts (offer, acceptance and consideration
  • Interpretation of contracts
  • Issues in performance of contracts
  • Grounds for non-performance of contracts
  • Breaches and repudiations of contracts
  • Remedies for breaches of contracts

XV. Commercial law

  • Uniform Commercial Code  (UCC)
  • Consumer protection laws

XVI. Tort law

  • Torts in perspective
  • Types of torts by degrees of fault
  • Torts vindicating particular interests
  • Relief available in tort cases
  • Administration of the tort system of compensation

XVII. Real and personal property

  • Nature and forms of property
  • Defining interests in real property
  • Personal property
  • Rights and obligations of owners of real property
  • Government control over real property

XVIII. Transfers of Property interests

  • Real estate purchase transactions
  • Development and sale of condominiums and cooperatives
  • Other methods of transferring interests in property
  • Leasing property:  landlord-tenant law  (residential and commercial)
  • Succession of property interests upon death of the owner
  • Establishment and operation of trusts

XIX. Intellectual property

  • Copyright law
  • Patent law
  • Trademark law
  • International intellectual property protection

XX. Family Law

  • Marriage
  • Dissolution of marriages
  • Non-traditional relationships and family law
  • Child custody issues outside divorce
  • Problems in the intact family

XXI. Criminal Law

  • General considerations
  • Elements of a crime
  • Specific offenses
  • Defenses to criminal liability
  • Peripheral actors, anticipatory crimes and enterprise criminality
  • Criminal sanctions

XXII. Business Law

  • Business organizations
  • Regulation of offers and sales of corporate securities
  • Bankruptcy
  • Antitrust laws
  • Labor laws
  • Environmental laws

XXIII. Tax Law

  • Sources of law and basic concepts in federal tax law
  • Federal income tax
  • International tax issues
  • Other federal taxes
  • State and local taxes
  • Administration of tax laws

XXIV. International litigation in U.S. courts

  • Extraterritorial reach of U.S. law and the judicial process
  • International enforcement of judgments
  • Suits involving foreign states and their official acts


Assistant U. S. Attorney Mallory Rasmussen: Mallory Rasmussen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Business Management at Hope College, Holland, MI (magna cum laude, May 2008).   After graduating from Hope College, she obtained her Juris Doctor from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  During her legal studies, she was a publication editor of Annals of Health Law.  Mallory worked for the Department of Justice as an Executive Officer for Immigration Review and Immigration Court Attorney Advisor. She also tought as a adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law second-year legal writing class focused on writing persuasive and concise appellate-level briefs. Later she a staff attorney at the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Since 2015 she works as a Assistant U.S. Attorney in El PAso, managing all aspects of the prosecution of firearms, child exploitation, and complex fraud cases in federal court, including drafting indictments, plea agreements, and sentencing memoranda. She handles preliminary and detention hearings, plea hearings, trials, and sentencing hearings on behalf of the United States.



Assistant U. S. Attorney Stanley M. Serwatka: Case Western Reserve University and Temple University Law Center graduate. Worked as a litigation lawyer (Duane, Morris and Heckher; Scoggins and Associates; Johnson, Allen and Serwatka), trial attorney (U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service). Since 1989 until present Assistant United States Attorney in Western District of Texas El Paso Division. He is responsible for criminal case prosecutions, mostly in fraud, drugs, terrorism, public corruption and immigration. Admitted to the United States Supreme Court and multiple Federal Courts of Appeals. In 2013-2014 elected Chairman of Grievance Oversigh Committee. Worked as an adjunct faculty member at El Paso Community College teaching American Government & Politics and State and Local Government courses for 18 years.






Applicants for the American Law Summer School should be enrolled at the University level or hold a recognized degree.  Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate competence in the language on the B2 level.

Necessary documents:


  • 1000 PLN for Łazarski students and graduates
  • 1500 PLN for other candidates
  • There is a possibility of instalment payment - 50% paid at the moment of enrollment, 50% paid until 15 June 2019

Tuition  fee does not cover accommodation, nor meals during the time of the Summer School.

All the documents shall be delivered to Recruitment Office:

Room  63, ground floor, sector F
Opening hours: Monday - Friday,  9-17
tel. (22) 54 35 555
e-mail: rekrutacja@lazarski.edu.pl


More information about the Programme:

Dr Dominika Harasimiuk