2017 LEGAL ENGLISH AND LEGAL WRITING @International Law Institute

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DATES: JUL 17 – 28, 2017
TUITION: $1900



The Legal English and Legal Writing seminar exposes foreign legal practitioners and law students to English legal terminology and usage through an overview of the U.S. legal system, contract law, constitutional law, commercial law and legal drafting. In addition to learning legal terminology, participants benefit from an introduction to the legal reasoning process of the U.S. legal system, helping them apply the terms and concepts as they learn them.

Participants in this seminar will develop the advanced skills they need to succeed in a multi-jurisdictional legal practice. The methodology, language and reasoning skills learned in this seminar are useful for working with clients, firms and organizations in the United States, and they are transferable to the professional legal practice abroad. This seminar is also highly encouraged for foreign lawyers wishing to pursue an LL.M. from an institution within the United States. Participants engage in interactive seminars consisting of lectures, individual writing and speaking exercises, and group projects.

If requested, the International Law Institute will provide complimentary tutors, U.S. lawyers, to help review writing samples with participants out of class time.

Course Outline

  • S. Legal institutions
  • Introduction to Common Law
  • Researching and interpreting cases in the U.S. legal system
  • Legal research (including practical exercises)
  • Contract law
  • Legal Writing and analysis (including exercises)
  • Overview of U.S. business law
  • Overview of commercial arbitration in the U.S.
  • The U.S. Role in International Trade
  • Effective Negotiation Techniques in Commercial Context
  • Simulated arbitration exercise

Course Advisor

Dr. Kevin J. Fandl is a Professor of Legal Studies and Global Business Strategy at the Fox School of Business at Temple University, and Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Dr. Fandl has been Course Advisor to the International Law Institute’s Legal English program since 2009. He is the author of the course text, Narrowing the Gap: Legal English for the New Global Legal Practitioner and the director of the Global Legal Education Institute. He has taught law and policy courses around the world since 2004 and specializes in the areas of international trade, migration, and economic development. Dr. Fandl is a graduate of American University (J.D., M.A.) and George Mason University (Ph.D.) and served as Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.




July 17 2017


Start: 17 July, 2017
End: 28 July, 2017
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