Legal English Institute Welcomes 20 New Participants


On January 2, the Legal English Institute (LEI) at Fordham Law School welcomed 20 new participants. The semester-long program introduces international law students and lawyers to the U.S. legal system, the fundamentals of U.S. law, and practical lawyering skills while helping to enhance legal English proficiency. The program is co-directed by John T. Dundon and Toni Jaeger-Fine, Fordham’s assistant dean for international and non-J.D. programs.

LEI comprises the following courses:

  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Law Study
  • Foundations of Private Law
  • Working with Contracts
  • Fundamental Lawyering Skills
  • The Legal Professional Persona
  • Communication Pragmatics for Lawyers
  • LEI Workshop
  • Legal English Tutorial

Participants come from Benin, Brazil, China, Japan, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey.

The first semester of LEI recently celebrated the completion of the program of the first eight participants with dinner and a certificate ceremony at a restaurant in New York City.

“The LEI is our newest innovation,” said Assistant Dean Jaeger-Fine. “It has brought to the Law School wonderful and diverse cohorts of students, who have enriched our community enormously.”

The LEI is offered twice each year: August–December and January–May. Participants may enroll on a non-credit or credit basis. Visit the LEI page for additional information.


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