Winter and Legal English Institutes Welcome New Students


Every January, Fordham Law School welcomes students from around the globe to its certificate programs designed to provide an introduction to the U.S. legal system and help acclimate to legal english.

Fifth Winter Institute at Fordham Law  

The Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs at Fordham Law School is delighted to announce that the fifth Winter Institute in New York City is taking place from January 6-15, 2020.

The Winter Institute, which is open to students and graduates of law schools outside of the United States, offers an intensive introduction to the U.S. legal system and the opportunity to study side by side with the Law School’s incoming master’s students. Optional sessions include preparing a U.S. style cover letter and resume and applying to U.S. LL.M. programs.

Assistant Dean Toni Jaeger-Fine, a director of the Winter Institute, said that the Law School “is thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to lawyers from around the world to convene at our Manhattan campus and learn alongside our LL.M. and M.S.L. students. This is the perfect introduction to our legal system and to our Law School. ”

This year’s participants come from Brazil, Indonesia, and Colombia. For additional information, please visit Fordham Law’s Winter Institute webpage.

Legal English Institute Students Hail from 13 Countries

On January 3, 2020, the Legal English Institute (L.E.I.) at Fordham Law School welcomed 17 new participants, lawyers, and law students from 12 countries around the world: Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Italy, Kosovo, Kuwait, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Uruguay. 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 L.E.I. 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 L.E.I. 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 Jaeger-Fine, a director of the program. “It has brought an enormously talented cohort of students to the law school.”

The L.E.I. 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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