Fordham launches Legal English Institute

Fordham University School of Law will open its Legal English Institute this fall, a new program that is designed to help students develop legal English and lawyering skills in a single semester.

The Institute will be open to international law students and graduates, and will offer credit and non-credit courses of study.

Classes will include Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Law Study, Foundations of Private Law, Lawyering Skills, Working with Contracts, Communication Pragmatics for Lawyers, and Legal Professional Identity,

John Terry Dundon and Toni Jaeger-Fine, the Institute co-directors, designed the institute’s offerings to reflect what they have learned in the fields of law, linguistics, and international education.

“We are extremely excited about this project,” said Jaeger-Fine, who serves as the School’s assistant dean of international and non-J.D. programs. “The Legal English Institute is a great foundation for students pursuing a Master of Laws degree and is also a unique stand-alone program for law students and graduates who want a one-semester course of study. 

Students seeking a degree from Fordham’s Master of Laws program can use the Legal English Institute as a cornerstone of their LL.M. studies. They would just need to complete two more semesters to earn an LL.M. in U.S. Law and another specialization of their choice.

Participants in the program are eligible for an F-1 student visa, and can start in either August or January. Registration is due July 15 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.

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