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Law Seminar

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Program at a Glance

This 6 week program is an intensive introduction to the American legal system designed to prepare you to enter law school in the U.S.A or work in the field of law in an international context. Make international connections, learn about the American legal system and the language it requires.

Date: Dates: June 26 - Aug​ust 4, 2017

The Specifics

Morning Seminar

The U.S. Legal System and the Constitution

Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The morning program offers a content-based class that is taught by an attorney and professor of law. The lectures and Socratic method of teacher-student dialogue are intended to provide an authentic learning situation that mirrors a lecture class in a U.S. law school.  Class content includes civil procedure, contracts, professional responsibility, constitutional law, criminal law, torts, and corporate law, among others.  Contemporary US legal principles and their historic origins are presented including the right to freedom of speech, religion, privacy, and civil rights. Students also prepare their own arguments based on their reading of an actual case and participate in teams of four in a Moot Court debate before a panel of student judges and the professor.

Tip: Participants will be offered the opportunity to take field trips. In past years, participants have visited places such as:

  • A federal and state correctional facility (a prison)
  • State and federal courts to observe a criminal trial and to meet with judges before and after the trial
  • The United Nations in New York City

Afternoon Classes

Written Communication Skills (two afternoons a week)

This class reviews various rhetorical modes such as summary writing and paraphrasing, reports and reactions, and writing to persuade while using legal contexts and vocabulary. The class also provides instruction in reading strategies, reading and interpreting a legal contract, as well as writing a case brief, business letters, a contract, and a research paper among other legal formats. Students practice writing in the ‘irac’ format, which is used for law school essay exams and on the Bar, and participate in an online debate.  Finally, students prepare a simulated conference for which they conduct research, give formal presentations, and write reactions. Refine your persuasive writing and argumentation.

Oral Communications Skills (two afternoons a week)

This class focuses on effective speaking in a variety of legal contexts including interviews, discussions, debates, and re-enactments of courtroom scenes. Students practice increased clarity of expression in a setting that emphasizes collaborative learning.

Evening Class

Laws, Morals, and Professional Responsibility (one evening per week)

The evening class provides an opportunity to practice reading strategies and to consider ethical dilemmas facing the legal profession. The traditional role and image of lawyers as described in Anthony Kronman’s The Lost Lawyer is discussed in depth along with portrayals of lawyers in excerpts from films. Students complete a research paper often in conjunction with their writing class on a relevant topic of their choice including an ethical issue in their country and ways to resolve it.

Sample Daily Schedule*

Class Days Times
Law Seminar MTWTHF 9:00 - 12:00
Oral Communication Skills T/TH 2:00 - 3:30
Written Communication Skills M/W 2:00 - 3:30
Laws, Morals & Professional Responsibility T 6:30 - 8:45

*Individual schedules may vary. This is for reference only.

Application Requirements

Point: Admis​​sions Notice

Students who plan to apply to the Law Seminar must have a solid background in the discipline. Undergraduates who apply should have completed their third year of undergraduate study in law to qualify for admission.  Students are expected to have an intermediate to advanced English proficiency.

The following materials are required to complete an application to the Law Seminar:

  • Online application
  • Application fee and visa processing fee
  • Financial documents
  • Photocopy of passport