Legal English Programs

Legal English Webinar

Interested in more information on the Summer 2016 Program? See this powerpoint for an overview of the course and answers to common questions.

The Legal English Program at the Washington College of Law is designed to introduce foreign practitioners and incoming LL.M. students to legal English concepts.  Through daily lectures, written assignments, and in-class exercises participants whose native language is not English will practice a wide array of legal English skills ranging from legal reading and writing strategies to oral presentation of substantive legal issues. 

The 2016 Summer Legal English Program will take place July 5-21. Register for 1, 2, or 3 weeks. Registration can be completed here.

July 5-8:  Basics of the US Legal System and US Legal Analysis

Participants will listen to lectures on the basics of the US Legal System and Reading US Cases.  Exercises will focus on general legal vocabulary, review of US cases, legal analysis exercises, and review of a complaint. 

Visit: DC Superior Court

Language skills:  Reading, Summary Writing

July 11-14:  US Business Law and Professional Skills

Participants will review contracts such as sale of goods, leases, non-competes, and sale of assets, and mergers.  Exercises will include drafting business letters and e-mails and reviewing contracts.  In addition, participants will learn how to navigate business receptions and deliver elevator pitches.  The week will culminate in a day-long negotiation exercise.    

Visit: U.S. Supreme Court or U.S. Capital

Language skills:  Listening and Speaking, Business Letter Writing

July 18-21:  Advocacy and Oral Skills

Participants will focus on advocacy skills by arguing in a mock arbitration based on a business dispute.  In preparing for the arguments, participants will have to review a contract, meet with clients, and negotiate with lawyers representing the other side. 

Visit: U.S. Supreme Court or U.S. Capital

Language skills:  Pronunciation, Listening, and Speaking

Certificate of Attendance
Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon successful completion of the Legal English Program.

Housing is not included in the price of the Legal English Program, but an on-campus housing option is available at American University’s main campus. Online registration and payment for summer 2016 American University dormitory housing is now available.  To reserve a room, please use the following link: DC Summer Programs Summer Housing.To give a roommate preference, please email us at When you email us, please provide the following information:

  • Single or double occupancy:
  • If double occupancy, male or female:
    • If double occupancy, do you have a roommate request:
    • Hall Preference (see below for rates and style):
    • Check in date:
    • Check out date:

Below is some information to help you decide which hall is best for you.

Regular Hall: Typically has younger students and is not a high quality room.

Suite Style Hall: Typically has older students (22 yrs +) and is in newer condition.

Summer 2016 Rates

Occupancy Type

Regular Hall

Suite Style Hall







*Note: These rates include a 14.5% hotel tax.

More information about housing and general accommodations.


The cost of the Legal English Program is as follows: to attend one week it is $1100, two weeks is $2200, and three weeks is $2750.

Participants must be practicing lawyers or law students; who are at a high intermediate to advanced level of English.  We do not require the TOEFL or other English assessment.

The Legal English Program teachers are all adjunct professors at universities around the world including American University Washington College of Law. They have been working with international students for years and have taught numerous legal English courses both in Washington, DC and abroad. The latest instructor added to the Legal English course is Stuart Stein, a partner at Hogan Lovells. For more information, please visit the Instructor Bios webpage.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Director, Catherine Schenker at (202) 274-4314 or

Other Opportunities at American University Washington College of Law

Summer Programs: American University Washington College of Law offers several exciting domestic summer programs on Human Rights, International Commercial Arbitration, Environmental Law, Health Law and Policy, as well as international summer sessions in Chile, Europe, the Hague, and Turkey.

LL.M. in International Legal Studies: Earn an LLM in International Legal Studies at American University Washington College of Law. One of the first truly international programs, the ILSP is one of the top rated LLM programs in the United States and is currently the only program in the United States to offer a dual LL.M./MBA degree.


Legal English Programs
Washington College of Law, Suite Y360
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016