Fordham opens Legal English Institute to remote learning

Fordham University School of Law is trying something new to help foreign students gain better English skills in the COVID-19 era. This semester, it’s offering its Legal English Institute (LEI) online, which is a first. 

The semester-long program provides an introduction to the U.S. legal system with a special focus on legal English skills.

The current class has 18 students from 12 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Turkey. 

The law school says its new students bring a wealth of experience and diversity to the New York school even if they are attending virtually. 

“We are delighted to welcome this wonderful cohort of students to our community,” said Toni Jaeger-Fine, an assistant dean at Fordham Law who directs the Institute. “In the first week of the program they have distinguished themselves as a dedicated and engaging group.”

Fordham’s program will also be offered online in the spring as well. 

“Given the continued uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation and the significant space constraints we are facing due to social distancing rules, we have decided to cancel the in-person version of LEI for spring 2021,” the law school’s website notes.  

For additional information and the LEI program or to register, please visit Fordham’s Legal English Institute website

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