Upcoming Seminars:
July 15-26, 2019

The Legal English and Legal Writing 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, constitutional law, commercial law and legal drafting. In addition to learning legal terminology, participants benefit from an introduction to the legal reasoning process of the U.S. legal system, helping them apply the terms and concepts as they learn them.

Participants in this seminar will develop the advanced skills they need to succeed in a multi-jurisdictional legal practice. The methodology, language and reasoning skills learned in this seminar are useful for working with clients, firms and organizations in the United States, and they are transferable to the professional legal practice abroad. This seminar is also highly encouraged for foreign lawyers wishing to pursue an LL.M. from an institution within the United States. Participants engage in interactive seminars consisting of lectures, individual writing and speaking exercises, and group projects.

If requested, the International Law Institute will provide complimentary tutors, U.S. lawyers, to help review writing samples with participants out of class time.


Key Topics:

  • U.S. Legal institutions
  • Introduction to Common Law
  • Researching and interpreting cases in the U.S. legal system
  • Legal research (including practical exercises)
  • Contract law
  • Legal Writing and analysis (including exercises)
  • Overview of U.S. business law
  • Overview of commercial arbitration in the U.S.
  • The U.S. Role in International Trade
  • Effective Negotiation Techniques in Commercial Context
  • Simulated arbitration exercise

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Washington, DC; 10 Business Days; Tuition $3950


July 29 - August 9, 2019

n its 49th consecutive year, the Orientation in the U.S. Legal System and Business Law seminar is the first and longest running program of its kind. This seminar introduces participants to the American common law, including the fundamental American laws and regulations affecting international business with U.S. counterparts. This seminar is ideal for foreign lawyers and professionals, arbitrators, law students, for those preparing for a U.S. LL.M., or for anyone who deals with American and international clients and partners.


Key Topics:

  • The American Court System
  • Arbitration and American Courts: Enforcement
  • The American Court System: Civil Litigation and Jurisdiction of Courts
  • International Litigation: Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Law; U.S. Civil Procedure Abroad; Other Proceedings
  • Commercial Contracts: Negotiation of Contracts with American Lawyers
  • American Torts in the International Setting
  • Products Liability Law in the U.S. Legal System
  • The U.S. Insurance System and Its Impact on Business Claims
  • SEC, Sarbanes-Oxley and Other Recent Legislation with International Effects on Corporations
  • Corporate Governance
  • Investor-State Arbitration
  • Intellectual Property

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Washington, DC; 10 Business Days; Tuition $3950

*Please note, for those participants who wish to attend the Combined: Legal English & Legal Writing and Orientation in the U.S. Legal System, and Business Law seminar, ILI provides a special course combination price of $3995, compared to $4500 if each one is applied to individually.










The International Law Institute was founded in 1955 as part of Georgetown University. Since 1983, ILI has been an independent, non-profit training institution. ILI has a long-standing track record of assisting emerging economies and developing countries in achieving economic growth through sound governance and legal infrastructure.

ILI offers training to assist government officials, practitioners and the private sector in finding solutions to the legal and economic challenges faced by developing nations.

ILI participants are exposed to the best practices in good governance, management, and transparency standards that will give them the tools to improve the performance of government agencies, promote public accountability in government and achieve economic growth. More than 38,000 participants, from 186 countries, have been trained by ILI and its global affiliates. ILI organizes special seminars and conferences in the ILI facilities and abroad. ILI also partners with many renowned organizations to co-sponsor other events which contribute to the promotion of the rule of law and international development.


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