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Program Details

Summer Institute in American Legal Practice Program Details

A Rigorous Summer Program

Students in the program attend classes Monday through Thursday. In cooperation with Drexel’s English Language Center, the curriculum includes intensive training in English, with an emphasis on language essential to legal practice. A second portion of the curriculum focuses on teaching participants core aspects of the American Legal System.

But the classroom is not enough. Our program emphasizes the reality of American Legal Practice. Each afternoon, participants attend meetings at law firms, corporations and government agencies, receiving lectures from practicing attorneys who share important insights into the form and style of legal practice in the United States.

Although the Institute is a non-credit bearing program, after two weeks, students will add JD-level work to their curriculum. They will be included in both JD classes and social networking events.

Fridays and weekends are reserved for overnight trips. Students will visit Drexel’s Washington D.C. office, meet attorneys and government officials, and tour the city. Students will also tour New York City and gain a new perspective on the business and financial capital of the U.S. In addition, students will enjoy social events, including a daylong beach trip and a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game.

Program Courses

  1. English Language for Law Students and Lawyers

    This class is designed to improve the spoken English of participants, with particular emphasis on language essential to law and legal practice.

  2. American Law and Legal Doctrine

    This class will introduce participants to core concepts and doctrine of American law, including contracts, business transactions, environmental law, criminal and Constitutional law.

  3. Introduction to Legal Practice

    In this course, accomplished lawyers will share their techniques and experiences practicing in a variety of different fields of legal practice.

  4. JD Program Sample

    Participants will have an opportunity to sample components of the American JD student’s first-year program, including initial orientation to the JD program and first-year courses such as Contracts, Torts or Civil Procedure.

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