Fordham Law School’s Legal English Institute Welcomes Diverse New Class to Campus


22 Participants Hail from 12 Countries

On August 7, the Legal English Institute (LEI) at Fordham Law School welcomed 22 new participants, lawyers and law students from 12 countries around the world: Brazil, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Greece, Peru, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, and Turkey. This semester-long program introduces participants to the U.S. legal system, the fundamentals of U.S. law, and practical lawyering skills while helping to enhance legal English proficiency.

The following courses comprise the LEI curriculum:

  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Law Study
  • Foundations of Private Law
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiation
  • Fundamental Lawyering Skills
  • The Legal Professional Persona
  • Communication Pragmatics for Lawyers
  • Legal English Tutorial

This is the third semester in which Fordham Law School is hosting LEI, and this is the largest intake yet. Many of the LEI participants plan to remain at Fordham Law for the LL.M. program, while others will return to their home countries to resume their professional lives.

“The Legal English Institute enriches our already diverse community,” said Assistant Dean Toni Jaeger-Fine, a director of the program. “It has brought an enormously talented cohort of students to the law school.”

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


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