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Enhance Your Legal English This Summer

Tip: The Law Seminar will be not be offered in Summer 2021.

The Law Seminar 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. You will make international connections while learning about the American legal system and the legal English it requires. The Law Seminar will not be offered in Summer 2021.

Law Seminar Courses

Focused on the U.S. legal system and the constitution, this content-based class 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.

This class focuses on effective speaking in a variety of legal contexts including interviews, discussions, debates, presentations and group projects.  Student will have exposure to practitioners and their approach to legal communication both inside and outside the courtroom, and practice formal and informal oral presentation skills and build confidence in speaking in a semi-professional context.

Tuition and Fees

Item Amount
Tuition - Law Seminar  
Technology Fee  
Application fee (nonrefundable)  

For other fees and residential costs, please visit our Tuition and Fees page. All tuition and fees, including room and meal charges, must be paid in full three weeks before the program begins (by June 18, 2021).

Financial Assistance

Yale Summer Session only offers financial assistance to Yale College students. Financial assistance is not available for visiting students at this time. Visiting students should contact the financial aid office at their home institutions to discuss their options for financial assistance.

Application Information

To apply, review the application requirements for international students, and fill out the Yale Summer Session application.  The Certificate programs are offered under Yale Summer Session B course listings. Proof of English proficiency is not required for this program, but students who apply to the professional seminars are expected to have strong English skills. Students applying to the Law Seminar should have at least two years of undergraduate study in Law to qualify for the program.