Introduction to American Legal Education

Introduction to American Legal Education is an intensive five-week summer course designed for students entering St. John’s LL.M. programs who are not native English speakers.  The course’s aim is to familiarize these students with the U.S. legal system and its vocabulary, thereby enabling them to participate more effectively in their studies in the LL.M. programs.

In the course, students review, discuss, and outline U.S. statutes and cases in various subject areas, including torts, contracts, and civil procedure.  Through daily lectures, readings, written assignments, class discussions, and in-class exercises, students develop their ability to communicate orally and in writing about U.S. law. 

The class meets from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. four days a week, with breaks in the morning and for lunch.  Each class begins with a formal session with the course’s professor, followed by more informal sessions with the course’s teaching assistants, who discuss the material covered in the professor’s session and help students prepare for upcoming classes and assignments. 

Students with TOEFL scores of 85 – 99 may at our discretion be admitted on condition that they enroll in and successfully complete the Introduction course at St. John’s School of Law. The program begins Wednesday, July 15, 2015 and ends Wednesday, August 12, 2015 and runs Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.