Legal English Program

Improve your legal English skills while learning about the U.S. legal system. Our online summer program is designed to help you read legal cases more easily and practice the speaking and writing skills necessary to succeed in your career or studying law in the U.S..

You'll increase your legal vocabulary, practice and improve your pronunciation and speaking through individual and group instruction, and you'll receive instruction and feedback on your writing as well. The program helps you become familiar with the basics of the U.S. legal system so that you can more effectively understand and communicate aspects of U.S. law.

By joining the online Legal English Summer Program, you'll get a head start and gain confidence in your legal English skills.

U.S. Legal System - Overview of the U.S. legal (common law) system and its relation to the U.S. system of government
Case Readings - Detailed, step-by-step guidance for reading cases (court decisions) in areas such as contracts, torts, and property
Legal Vocabulary - Intensive practice using key words and high-frequency expressions common throughout your study of law
Legal Writing - Advice on your writing, identifying key grammatical or structural areas for improvement
Oral skills practice - Individual feedback to help with your pronunciation and general speaking skills, especially with key legal terms
Guidance - Support with adjusting to U.S. academic culture and classroom expectations

The Legal English Program will include live video sessions with the instructor as well as assignments and learning that you may do on your own time — when it is most convenient for you. Students should expect to do 20-30 hours of work per week in this program.

Get Started

  • Dates: July 12 - August 4, 2020
  • Application Deadline: June 14, 2020
  • Cost: $1,500 (includes orientation activities, instruction, and academic materials)
  • Eligibility: Current law students and legal professionals from outside the U.S.
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“Interesting dialogues, heated debates, impressive presentations, thoughtful cases, a wonderful baseball game, and an unforgettable picnic—these are the experiences waiting for you.”

- Xinhui Pan

“Thanks to this summer program, I was able to improve my English level to offer better services to my clients. I learned a lot by reading and analyzing cases, and even getting involved with the American culture on a day-to-day basis.”

- Alejandro Martín del Campo

Registration

  1. Complete the Legal English Summer Program registration form.
  2. Send the following documents to legalenglish@wfu.edu.
    • Resume (Curriculum Vitae) - Applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae outlining all relevant academic and professional achievements.
    • Letter of Intent - This 1-2 page document should explain why you wish to study legal English and how it will help you improve your career or educational path.
    • Copy of Passport Photo Page

Your registration to the Legal English Summer Program cannot be reviewed and/or accepted until all documents have been received.

Admitted participants will be given a Wake Forest University student account. Please note that the $1,500.00 program fee is due prior to beginning the program. Your student account will be billed accordingly. You will not be able to attend classes until the payment is made.