On August 6, the Legal English Institute (LEI) at Fordham Law School welcomed 21 new participants, lawyers and law students from 12 countries around the world: Albania, Brazil, China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Israel, Italy, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and Switzerland. 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
- Becoming a Lawyer
- Communication Pragmatics for Lawyers
- Legal English Tutorial
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.