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English for Lawyers

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 12 years, law students and professionals from over 39 countries have participated 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.

In addition to courses, the English for Lawyers program includes a guest speaker series.

Part-time and full-time options are available for this 4-week 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.

Summer 2022 English for Lawyers courses will be held on-campus in Westchester.

Note that proof of COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption is required for all on-campus students at the Westchester campus. This requirement is only to access the university’s physical campuses; online only students are not subject to this requirement. View upload instructions and other important information, including how to request an extension or exemption.

Course Descriptions

The 4-week English for Lawyers Program is offered in July each year. Custom programs are also possible for other dates. Email Us for more information about custom dates.

Each course is 5 hours per week. The minimum English proficiency to be successful in the below courses is CEFR B2, TOEFL score of 71, or IELTS score of 6.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

*3 courses are eligible for the Professional Legal English Skills digital badge.

I would recommend the English for Lawyers program because we learned the differences between legal writing and academic writing, which will helped us write legal materials.

Roba A., Saudi Arabia


Our English for Lawyers program features one advanced level of instruction. The results of your online placement exam and academic advisement meeting will determine your eligibility to enroll in the program.

Registration and Fees

Please note that the English Language Institute only accepts online applications.

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Resources and Policies

Prospective and enrolled students should review essential policies and useful resources for students studying at Pace ELI. Au Pairs participating in our courses should also review important policies for Au Pairs for earning hours towards the J-1 Au Pair education requirement at Pace ELI.

Community Rate Eligibility

These courses are eligible for community rate pricing. This special rate is available to those residing in Westchester County in New York, and Au Pairs. Our Admissions team will contact students enrolled at the community rate for proof of eligibility before classes begin. Proof of eligibility must be received before the first class session to confirm registration or else your registration will be reassessed at the regular price for the course.

TOEFL Waiver to Haub Law

Students interested in earning a TOEFL waiver for their LLM or JD application, and 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 (4 courses).

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For more information, please contact the English Language Institute. You may also schedule a visit to campus or an online meeting.

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