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English Language Institute

English for Lawyers

Online July 6-31, 2020

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in New York State, the English Language Institute (ELI) is extending the remote learning period to include the 2020 English for Lawyers program.  Classes will meet via an online format.  Interested students are encouraged to speak with our admissions team about the online English for Lawyers program.


Gain the English language and academic skills, and knowledge of the U.S. legal system, to succeed in an American law school and effectively conduct business with your legal clients.

For over 10 years, law students and professionals from over 35 countries have particpated in this unique program that combines intensive legal English instruction and learning beyond the classroom through guest speakers.  Guest speakers come from diverse backgrounds and include attorneys, judges, advocacy groups, government officials, and judges.  The English for Lawyers program instructors are highly specialized ESL-trained lawyers who bring real world experience to their classes. 

Part-time and full-time options are available for this 4-week online program.  Future international students of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University that complete the full-time program (80-hours) can waive the TOEFL requirement from their LLM or JD application.


Courses

Each course will take approximately 5 hours each week to complete. During most of the course, students will participate in activities that can be done individually and on the student's own schedule.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in activities that take place at the same time with other students and instructor through live class sessions.

The minimum English proficiency to be successful in the below courses is CEFR B2, TOEFL score of 71, or IELTS score of 6.

Legal Writing

1 hour per week of live instruction plus 4 hours per week of self-paced, independent study with instructor support

This course provides practice in writing legal English, including contract writing. Writing skills taught will include outlining, summarizing, paraphrasing, synthesizing, and developing an academic legal style. Students will produce accurate and appropriate written legal documents such as briefs, reports, and memos.

Required textbook: Legal Writing and Analysis in a Nutshell (5th Edition). By Lynn Bahrych, Jeanne Merino, and Beth McLellan. West Academic. ISBN # 9781634602815

Reading Legal Materials

2.5 hours per week of live instruction on Mondays plus 2.5 hours per week of self-paced, independent study with instructor support

This course is designed to help international law students learn reading strategies and vocabulary for briefing cases and understanding legal texts such as statutes and regulations. Students will learn to extract and practice extracting key components of legal cases and texts, such as the rule of law, and produce reports, briefs, and memos utilizing key components of legal texts.

U.S. Law and Legal Education

1 hour per week of live instruction plus 4 hours per week of self-paced, independent study with instructor support

This course is designed to introduce international lawyers to American law by examining US Common Law reasoning and analysis, the US federal system, and US Law School curriculum, pedagogy, examinations, grading, and student expectations. Students will learn and practice different aspects of legal reasoning and analysis and rules in the American law system.  Students will also learn and discuss academic expectations in American law schools.

Listening and Speaking Skills for Law School

2.5 hours per week of live instruction on Tuesdays plus 2.5 hours per week of self-paced, independent study with instructor support

This course provides practice with a variety of speaking activities common in an American law school class, including asking and answering questions, debates, discussions, and presentations. Students will be able to identify legal reasoning in oral arguments as well as participate in discussions, presentations, and oral arguments.

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Tuition

  Hours/week (4 Weeks) Summer II
Legal Writing 5 $290
Reading Legal Materials 5 $290
U.S. Law and Legal Education 5 $290
Listening and Speaking Skills for Law School 5

$290

Students who are conditionally admitted to the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and are completing the English proficiency requirement by attending this program are required to study full-time.  Full-time English for Lawyers students should estimate their full-time tuition cost to be approximately $1,160.00 for the 4-week program.

These courses are eligible for community rate pricing for those living and working in the Westchester area.


Application

Submit our online application form for the English for Lawyers program.  A Placement Test is required.  Instructions will be sent after your Admissions team has reviewed your registration.


Questions?

Download the English for Lawyers Program Flyer (PDF). For more information, please contact the English Language Institute by phone at (212) 346-1562 or message eli@pace.edu. You may also schedule a visit to campus.