Language & Career Resources

Listed below are resources designed to enhance students' language and professional skills. If you have questions about any of these resources please contact Cathy Schenker, schenker@wcl.american.edu.

Language Resources


Legal Research and Writing

Mandatory course for all non-common law trained students. Students learn about American professional and legal wiring through business letters, e-mails, case briefs, and memos. In addition to a weekly lecture, students are divided into small sections in which they receive individual feedback on their research and analysis. 2 credits.
Exam taking- Lecture offered as part of Legal Research and Writing, but open to all students
Bluebook citations- Lecture offered as part of Legal Research and Writing, but open to all students

English for Lawyers

A not-for-credit course that is taught in conjunction with Legal Research and Writing. English for Lawyers (EFL) focuses on clear and accurate written and oral expression, effective style and organization, and the four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) with an emphasis on writing and speaking. EFL meets twice per week and the course reviews the assignments from Legal Research and Writing from a language perspective. There is an additional cost for this course.

Academic Legal Writing

A 1 credit course designed for students who have a large writing project (seminar paper, independent study, or writing project from home) and need help with American academic discourse. 1 credit.

Legal English Program

During the summer, we offer a three week Legal English program for incoming LL.M. students, law students, and practitioners. Through daily lectures, written assignments, in-class exercises, contract negotiations and a mock arbitration, participants whose native language is not English practice a wide array of legal English skills ranging from legal reading and writing strategies to oral presentation of substantive legal issues.

English Tutoring

Appointments are available for all international students; focus is on style, organization and grammar. To schedule an appointment, please contact Erica Balanc at balanc@wcl.american.edu.

Career Resources


With students from over 50 countries on campus each year, it is important to have an office that knows where you are coming from and helps you get to where you are going. A dedicated international career advisor, targeted international student programming and extensive networking opportunities here and abroad means that you will not waste a minute in Washington, DC! The LL.M. Programs staff and Office of Career and Professional Development partners with students and alumni on all aspects of their career development. The office is available to help you identify your interests, introduce you to the vast array of career development and employment opportunity resources, and assist with career decision-making. Please click the links below to learn more about the services provided.

Career Services for Foreign-Trained LLM Students

Career Services for Domestic LLM Students

Faculty Practice Groups