DATES: JUL 19-30, 2021    
         
VENUE: LIVE ONLINE COURSE    apply now button  
       
TUITION: $4200    
       

 

 

 

 



Overview

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.

 

Format

The seminar will be delivered through 10 live online sessions via videoconferencing platform. Each session will last approximately 3.5 hours and will start at a time to be announced closer to the seminar, but the starting time will be within a time window of 7:00 am – 8:30 am Washington DC time (Eastern Standard Time). We expect the classes to be highly interactive and will include presentations, case studies and exercises.

 

Course Outline

  • 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

 

Course Advisor

Dr. Kevin J. Fandl is an Associate Professor of Business Law at the Fox School of Business, Temple University, as well as the Executive Director of Temple’s Center for International Business Education and Research. Dr. 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, in addition to five other books and more than 50 journal articles. 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 previously served as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.