Get a head start on an LL.M program or advance your ability to use Legal English!
English for American Law School (EALS) is a short pre-semester program designed to help foreign-trained lawyers boost their knowledge of the U.S. legal system and its vocabulary before starting their regular LL.M. studies at St. John's Law or elsewhere.
EALS is also open to any professional who wants to gain a career advantage by improving their Legal English. Most students in the program will have a minimum English language evaluation of 95 (Duolingo), 6 (IELTS), 70 (TOEFL IBT), or B2 (CEFR).
You will learn from lawyers who have extensive training and experience teaching non-native English speakers. They will guide you and your classmates through engaging and interactive coursework in:
Fundamentals of the American Legal System
Legal Writing and Argument
Reading Legal Texts
These learning modules include lectures, discussions, writing assignments, and other exercises that will help you build the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to:
Read and understand U.S. case law, statutes, and legal texts
Write, deliver, and defend a legal argument
Work with American lawyers in professional settings
In the summer, EALS is usually offered over four weeks in mid-July to early-August.
For Winter 2020-2021, EALS is fully online.
July 19 - August 20
Classes are generally scheduled for several hours each day, Monday - Friday.
Mode of teaching (online or in-person) to be announced in spring 2021.
Standard Tuition: $1,875
Partner School Student Tuition: Scholarships offered, contact our office.
The following materials are needed to apply:
See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about these materials.
To apply, please contact our office by emailing [email protected] We will provide guidance on completing the process through our online application portal.
If you’re ready to learn about the U.S. legal system while improving your Legal English, we look forward to welcoming you to English for American Law School this summer. To apply to the program, or to learn more about it, please contact us at [email protected]