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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 an online 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.


The 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.

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Legal Writing

  • Hours/ week: 5
  • Price 4 weeks: $580

Reading Legal Materials

  • Hours/ week: 5
  • Price 4 weeks: $580

U.S. Law and Legal Education

  • Hours/ week: 5
  • Price 4 weeks: $580

Listening and Speaking Skills for Law School

  • Hours/ week: 5
  • Price 4 weeks: $580

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 $2,320.00 for the 4-week program.

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


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.

Community Rate Eligibility

These courses are offered at community rate pricing. This special rate is available to those residing in Westchester County, 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.

Campus Access

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption is required for all students at the New York City and Westchester campuses. 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.


For more information, please contact the English Language Institute by phone at (212) 346-1562 or message You may also schedule a visit to campus or an online meeting.