The principal components are:

  • Legal reading and writing
  • Listening and speaking skills
  • An introduction to U.S. law, legal procedures, and legal terminology

The course comprises three components designed to provide a foundation in legal terminology and language usage in various areas (listening, speaking, reading, legal research, and writing) for nonnative speakers of English who intend to earn an LL.M. degree in the United States.

The objectives include building on participants’ ability to understand and discuss common legal matters, increasing their skills so they are able to discuss more complex legal matters, and improving their research skills to expand their knowledge of a wider variety of legal issues. All components include group and pair work as well as individual assignments. The course provides 25 instructional hours per week.

 Legal Reading and Writing

  • Reading and briefing legal cases
  • Writing law office memoranda
  • Expanding legal vocabulary through a variety of exercises that include reading and writing
  • Understanding and practicing legal citations
  • Practicing critical thinking in a legal context

 Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Procedures; Legal Terminology

  • General overview of the State and Federal Court system
  • General overview of major areas in the American legal system: Criminal Law, Torts, Contract Law, Civil Law, Intellectual Property Law, etc.
  • General overview of the U.S. Constitution and Constitutional Law
  • Practicing legal terminology used in various areas of law

  Listening and Speaking Skills

  • Introduction to the process of legal reasoning in the American legal system
  • Expanding legal vocabulary through a variety of speaking and listening exercises
  • Accent reduction
  • Practicing legal discussion skills
  • Practicing clear and concise argumentation and negotiation skills
  • Legal listening exercises
  • Simulating legal environment by conducting mock trials


Legal English 2018 Course Dates

Orientation:Thursday, June 28 – Friday, June 29
First Day of Classes:Monday, July 2
Independence Day Holiday:Wednesday, July 4
Last Day of Classes:Friday, August 10
Certificate Ceremony:Friday, August 10 at 2:15 p.m.

Legal English 2018 Course Fees

Summer Course Fees Per Session
Tuition (Due before the first day of class.)$3,540
Application Fee (One time only, nonrefundable)$100
Tuition Deposit (Due with application)$500
Off Campus Housing*$500/month and up
Incidentals (books, health insurance, etc.)$800
Late Testing Fee$100
Testing Only$100

All fees are subject to change.

* Off campus housing is contracted independently between the student and landlord.

Additional Resources

ELI Legal English Flyer 2018

Stories From Our Students

Abdurrahman Guner

Abdurrahman Guner

I am a LL.M student at Syracuse University College of Law. Before the LL.M program, I attended Legal English at the ELI where I learned about American legal terminology as well as briefing legal cases and discussing legal matters. All have increased my self-confidence and made the LL.M program easier. Thanks to this program, I … Continued

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