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U.S. Legal English

English for Lawyers
July 18 – July 27, 2019; Washington, D.C.

The Institute’s U.S. Legal English program is an intensive nine-day seminar at the George Washington University Law School that prepares international legal professionals to communicate effectively in English. The program focuses on oral presentations, writing, listening, legal vocabulary, grammar and usage, and it addresses special aspects of the U.S. common law system that affect the way lawyers communicate in the United States. It is expected that participants will already have at least a “high intermediate” level of English skills before enrolling in this program. Class sizes are limited so that each participant is able to receive personalized attention from the instructors and to develop those aspects of U.S. Legal English of most interest to the participant’s area of legal specialization. In addition to the daily academic component, the program includes a number of extra-curricular activities in Washington, D.C. which allow participants to practice their English skills with U.S. lawyers as well as enjoy the many cultural and social attractions of the nation’s capital.

The program also includes a visit to a law firm in Washington, D.C., among other activities.

Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this program.

Program enrollment is open to non-U.S. lawyers, law students and other professionals working with legal matters.

U.S. Legal English

English for Lawyers
July 18 – July 27, 2019; Washington, D.C.

The Institute’s U.S. Legal English program is an intensive nine-day seminar at the George Washington University Law School that prepares international legal professionals to communicate effectively in English. The program focuses on oral presentations, writing, listening, legal vocabulary, grammar and usage, and it addresses special aspects of the U.S. common law system that affect the way lawyers communicate in the United States. It is expected that participants will already have at least a “high intermediate” level of English skills before enrolling in this program. Class sizes are limited so that each participant is able to receive personalized attention from the instructors and to develop those aspects of U.S. Legal English of most interest to the participant’s area of legal specialization. In addition to the daily academic component, the program includes a number of extra-curricular activities in Washington, D.C. which allow participants to practice their English skills with U.S. lawyers as well as enjoy the many cultural and social attractions of the nation’s capital.

The program also includes a visit to a law firm in Washington, D.C., among other activities.

Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this program.

Program enrollment is open to non-U.S. lawyers, law students and other professionals working with legal matters.

U.S. Legal English

English for Lawyers
July 18 – July 27, 2019; Washington, D.C.

The Institute’s U.S. Legal English program is an intensive nine-day seminar at the George Washington University Law School that prepares international legal professionals to communicate effectively in English. The program focuses on oral presentations, writing, listening, legal vocabulary, grammar and usage, and it addresses special aspects of the U.S. common law system that affect the way lawyers communicate in the United States. It is expected that participants will already have at least a “high intermediate” level of English skills before enrolling in this program. Class sizes are limited so that each participant is able to receive personalized attention from the instructors and to develop those aspects of U.S. Legal English of most interest to the participant’s area of legal specialization. In addition to the daily academic component, the program includes a number of extra-curricular activities in Washington, D.C. which allow participants to practice their English skills with U.S. lawyers as well as enjoy the many cultural and social attractions of the nation’s capital.

The program also includes a visit to a law firm in Washington, D.C., among other activities.

Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this program.

Program enrollment is open to non-U.S. lawyers, law students and other professionals working with legal matters.

Faculty & Lecturers

The professors teaching in this annual program are experts in the field of Legal English and have vast experience teaching non-U.S. lawyers and law students at law schools and government-affiliated institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Several of them have published books on the topic.

One or more of the following past professors of this program will be teaching again in July 2019:

Professor Ann Sinsheimer, University of Pittsburgh Law School (Co-author of Legal English: An Introduction to the Legal Language and Culture of the United States, by Oxford University Press; experienced professor of U.S. legal language and legal writing for foreign lawyers and law students at the University of Pittsburgh Law School and several overseas universities)

Professor Juliana Campagna, Hofstra University Law School (Professor of Legal Writing and Assistant Faculty Director for International Programs at Hofstra University Law School in New York; transactional attorney previously affiliated with a large international law firm; also holds a master’s degree in Linguistics, with a specialization in teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL / EFL); regularly teaches U.S. law and language to non-U.S. lawyers and law students)

Professor Christy DeSanctis, George Washington University Law School (Director of the Legal Writing program at the George Washington University Law School; author of a four-volume legal research and writing textbook by Foundation Press)

Professor Debra Lee, Vanderbuilt University Law School (author of American Legal English: Using Language in Legal Contexts, published by the University of Michigan Press [with translations funded by the U.S. Department of State])

At least one supplemental instructor will be added to focus on areas of special interest to the class as determined by application forms and participant CVs.

Faculty & Lecturers

The professors teaching in this annual program are experts in the field of Legal English and have vast experience teaching non-U.S. lawyers and law students at law schools and government-affiliated institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Several of them have published books on the topic.

One or more of the following past professors of this program will be teaching again in July 2019:

Professor Ann Sinsheimer, University of Pittsburgh Law School (Co-author of Legal English: An Introduction to the Legal Language and Culture of the United States, by Oxford University Press; experienced professor of U.S. legal language and legal writing for foreign lawyers and law students at the University of Pittsburgh Law School and several overseas universities)

Professor Juliana Campagna, Hofstra University Law School (Professor of Legal Writing and Assistant Faculty Director for International Programs at Hofstra University Law School in New York; transactional attorney previously affiliated with a large international law firm; also holds a master’s degree in Linguistics, with a specialization in teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL / EFL); regularly teaches U.S. law and language to non-U.S. lawyers and law students)

Professor Christy DeSanctis, George Washington University Law School (Director of the Legal Writing program at the George Washington University Law School; author of a four-volume legal research and writing textbook by Foundation Press)

Professor Debra Lee, Vanderbuilt University Law School (author of American Legal English: Using Language in Legal Contexts, published by the University of Michigan Press [with translations funded by the U.S. Department of State])

At least one supplemental instructor will be added to focus on areas of special interest to the class as determined by application forms and participant CVs.

Faculty & Lecturers

The professors teaching in this annual program are experts in the field of Legal English and have vast experience teaching non-U.S. lawyers and law students at law schools and government-affiliated institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Several of them have published books on the topic.

One or more of the following past professors of this program will be teaching again in July 2019:

Professor Ann Sinsheimer, University of Pittsburgh Law School (Co-author of Legal English: An Introduction to the Legal Language and Culture of the United States, by Oxford University Press; experienced professor of U.S. legal language and legal writing for foreign lawyers and law students at the University of Pittsburgh Law School and several overseas universities)

Professor Juliana Campagna, Hofstra University Law School (Professor of Legal Writing and Assistant Faculty Director for International Programs at Hofstra University Law School in New York; transactional attorney previously affiliated with a large international law firm; also holds a master’s degree in Linguistics, with a specialization in teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL / EFL); regularly teaches U.S. law and language to non-U.S. lawyers and law students)

Professor Christy DeSanctis, George Washington University Law School (Director of the Legal Writing program at the George Washington University Law School; author of a four-volume legal research and writing textbook by Foundation Press)

Professor Debra Lee, Vanderbuilt University Law School (author of American Legal English: Using Language in Legal Contexts, published by the University of Michigan Press [with translations funded by the U.S. Department of State])

At least one supplemental instructor will be added to focus on areas of special interest to the class as determined by application forms and participant CVs.

Tuition Fee & Housing Cost

Tuition for the “U.S. Legal English” program is $1,995. Persons also participating in the “U.S. Legal Methods: Introduction to U.S. Law” program (July 27 – August 10, 2019) will receive a $400 discount on the tuition for “U.S. Legal English.”

The Institute can assist participants in reserving housing accommodations in conveniently located nearby corporate apartments.  We have arranged for discounted rates at high-quality apartment-suite hotels with prices ranging from $69-$74 per person per night for a shared two-room suite to $130-$138 per night for a one-room studio/efficiency suite.  All suites come equipped with a full kitchen and include free wifi, free local calls and a complimentary breakfast included. 

The shared two-room suite option assumes you would share with another IUSLAW program participant (which we facilitate). The suite includes one king/queen-size bed in the bedroom plus one full/queen-size pull-out sofa-bed in a separate room.

The one-room studio/efficiency suite option includes one king-size bed and is sufficient for a couple traveling together.

Early registration will increase the chances of securing one’s preferred housing choice.  Other housing options may be available, including perhaps less expensive (and less conveniently located) accommodations found on the internet. Costs will vary depending on location and amenities.  For more information or assistance regarding housing, please email us.

Tuition Fee & Housing Cost

Tuition for the “U.S. Legal English” program is $1,995. Persons also participating in the “U.S. Legal Methods: Introduction to U.S. Law” program (July 27 – August 10, 2019) will receive a $400 discount on the tuition for “U.S. Legal English.”

The Institute can assist participants in reserving housing accommodations in conveniently located nearby corporate apartments.  We have arranged for discounted rates at high-quality apartment-suite hotels with prices ranging from $69-$74 per person per night for a shared two-room suite to $130-$138 per night for a one-room studio/efficiency suite.  All suites come equipped with a full kitchen and include free wifi, free local calls and a complimentary breakfast included. 

The shared two-room suite option assumes you would share with another IUSLAW program participant (which we facilitate). The suite includes one king/queen-size bed in the bedroom plus one full/queen-size pull-out sofa-bed in a separate room.

The one-room studio/efficiency suite option includes one king-size bed and is sufficient for a couple traveling together.

Early registration will increase the chances of securing one’s preferred housing choice.  Other housing options may be available, including perhaps less expensive (and less conveniently located) accommodations found on the internet. Costs will vary depending on location and amenities.  For more information or assistance regarding housing, please email us.

Tuition Fee & Housing Cost

Tuition for the “U.S. Legal English” program is $1,995. Persons also participating in the “U.S. Legal Methods: Introduction to U.S. Law” program (July 27 – August 10, 2019) will receive a $400 discount on the tuition for “U.S. Legal English.”

The Institute can assist participants in reserving housing accommodations in conveniently located nearby corporate apartments.  We have arranged for discounted rates at high-quality apartment-suite hotels with prices ranging from $69-$74 per person per night for a shared two-room suite to $130-$138/night for a one-room studio/efficiency suite.  All suites come equipped with a full kitchen and include free wifi, free local calls and a complimentary breakfast included. 

The shared two-room suite option assumes you would share with another IUSLAW program participant (which we facilitate). The suite includes one king/queen-size bed in the bedroom plus one full/queen-size pull-out sofa-bed in a separate room.

The one-room studio/efficiency suite option includes one king-size bed and is sufficient for a couple traveling together.

Early registration will increase the chances of securing one’s preferred housing choice.  Other housing options may be available, including perhaps less expensive (and less conveniently located) accommodations found on the internet. Costs will vary depending on location and amenities.  For more information or assistance regarding housing, please email us.