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. Please note that the Summer 2021 English for Lawyers program will be run online. The deadline to apply for the 2021 English for Lawyers program is Friday, June 18, 2021.

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

Grammar

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

 

Online English for Lawyers 2021 Course Dates

Event Date
Orientation: To be completed before the first day of class
First Day of  Online Classes: Tuesday, July 6
Last Day of Online Classes: Friday, August 13
Virtual Certificate Ceremony: Friday, August 20

 

Students attend class Monday through Friday. Here is the class schedule:

Class Schedule
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM EDT Textual Communication for Lawyers
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM EDT Break
9:45 AM – 11:15 PM EDT Oral Communication for Lawyers
11:15 PM – 11:30 PM EDT Break
11:30 PM – 1:00 PM EDT Grammar
(Monday – Thursday only)
*EDT= Eastern Daylight Time

English for Lawyers 2021 Course Fees

Item Cost
Tuition (Due before the first day of class.) $3,975
Incidentals (books, etc.) $800

All fees are subject to change.