DATES: JUL 18 - 29, 2016
TUITION: $1900






The International Law Institute (ILI) is pleased to announce its 46th orientation in the summer education series, the first and longest running program of its kind. This program is ideal for foreign lawyers and professionals, arbitrators, law students and practitioners in general, preparing for graduate legal study in the U.S, and anyone whose job requires an understanding of the American legal system, as compared to the civil law tradition, or for anyone who deals with American and International clients and partners. Our summer program has two components, each one designed to provide you with the best training of its kind: "Introduction to Legal English and Legal Research and Writing" and "Orientation in the U.S. Legal System and Business Law".

Course Outline

The Introduction to Legal English seminar exposes foreign legal practitioners and law students to English legal terminology and usage through an overview of the U.S. legal system, contract law, and legal drafting. In addition to learning a broad range of legal terminology, participants benefit from an introduction to the legal reasoning process in the U.S. legal system, helping them apply the terms and concepts as they learn them.

The seminar consists of two segments—a lecture and a workshop. In the lecture portion, participants examine cases and concepts that help them understand key terminology necessary for U.S. legal practice. In the workshop portion, participants engage with their colleagues and the professor to practice pronunciation, conversation about legal concepts, legal reasoning, and legal writing.

Participants in this seminar will develop the advanced skills they need to succeed in a multi-jurisdictional legal practice. The language and reasoning skills that they develop are useful not only for working with clients, firms and organizations in the United States, but also for understanding the logic behind U.S. legal practice and applying U.S. legal reasoning in their own practice.


Course Advisor

Dr. Kevin Fandl has been Course Advisor to the International Law Institute’s Legal English program since 2009. He is the author of the course text, Narrowing the Gap: Legal English for the New Global Legal Practitioner and the director of the Global Legal Education Institute. He has taught law and policy courses around the world since 2004 and specializes in the areas of international trade, migration, and economic development. Dr. Fandl is a graduate of American University (J.D., M.A.) and George Mason University (Ph.D.) and currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


See also: Combination course: Legal English & Writing and Orientation in the U.S. Legal System, and Business Law