English for legal practitioners and prospective LL.M students

 The principal components are:

  • Textual Communication for Lawyers
  • Oral Communication for Lawyers
  • Grammar

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

The objectives include increasing participants’ ability to understand and discuss common legal matters and improving their research skills. All components include group work as well as individual assignments. The course provides 25 instructional hours per week.

Textual Communication for Lawyers

  • Exposure to legal vocabulary through a variety of exercises that include reading and writing
  • Practicing critical thinking in a legal context
  • Understanding and practicing various citation styles

Oral Communication for Lawyers

  • Exposure to legal vocabulary through a variety of speaking and listening exercises
  • Accent reduction
  • Practicing  discussion skills
  • Practicing clear and concise argumentation and negotiation skills
  • Legal listening exercises
  • Simulating legal environment by conducting mock trials


Practicing various grammatical structures including:

  • Connecting ideas by coordination and subordination
  • Common sentence problems
  • Verb forms and verb tenses
  • Adjective, adverb, and noun clauses
  • Punctuation and mechanics


English for Lawyers 2020 Course Dates

Event Date
Orientation: Friday, June 26
First Day of Classes: Monday, June 29
Last Day of Classes: Thursday, August 6
Certificate Ceremony: Friday, August 7

Students attend class Monday through Friday. A typical day at the ELI looks like this:

Class Schedule
8:30 am – 10:15 am Textual Communication for Lawyers
10:15 am – 10:45 am Break
10:45 am – 12:30 pm Oral Communication for Lawyers
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:15 pm Grammar
(Monday – Thursday only)

English for Lawyers 2020 Course Fees

Item Cost
Tuition (Due before the first day of class.) $3,825
Estimated Living Expenses $3,290
Incidentals (books, health insurance, etc.) $800

All fees are subject to change.