Legal English Institute Begins


On January 2, the Legal English Institute (LEI) at Fordham Law School welcomed seven 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
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiation
  • Fundamental Lawyering Skills
  • Becoming a Lawyer
  • Communication Pragmatics for Lawyers
  • LEI Workshop
  • Legal English Tutorial

Participants this semester come from Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, and Russia.

“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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