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English for American Law School

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 mid-August. The winter schedule varies to accommodate the winter holidays.

For Winter 2021-2022, EALS is fully online.


 This winter, EALS will be delivered in a hybrid model. Students will complete some courework on their own, outside of a class meeting, but receive feedback from the professor on their assignments. In early January, some class sessions will be held virtually.

December 15: Course materials and assignments will become available.

December 15 - January 3: Students complete coursework independently.

January 3 - 7: Course meetings with all students and professor, to be scheduled. There will be several hours of synchronous meetings scheduled this week, evenings NYC time. Final schedule TBA.



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Standard Tuition: $1,875

Partner School Student Tuition: Scholarships offered, contact our office.

The following materials are needed to apply:

  • Personal Statement
  • English Language Assessment (TOEFL, IELTS, DuoLingo, or Cambridge Certificate)
  • Resume

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. To apply to the program, or to learn more about it, please contact us at [email protected]