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Program Details

Summer Institute in American Legal Practice Program Details

A Rigorous Summer Program

Summer Institute students 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.

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.


Students will attend class each morning at Drexel’s English Language Center. The class is designed to improve the participants’ spoken English, with particular emphasis on language essential to law and legal practice.


Week 1 — Intellectual Property and Innovation

We will focus on the U.S. approach to Intellectual Property Law (copyright, trademarks and patents) in addition to discussing business formation, venture capital and private equity. Students will have the opportunity to participate in simulation exercises in class to test their new knowledge and skills. We will visit leading law firms known for their expertise in Intellectual Property Law. We will also tour the University City Science Center, the first and largest urban research park in the United States, which provides technology commercialization resources to entrepreneurs, including incubator space and programs that nurture and sustain new technology businesses.

Week 2 — Dispute Resolution

This week, students will learn about the structure of the U.S. court system, approaches to litigation, and alternatives such as arbitration and mediation for resolving disputes. Students will have a chance to test their English and gain hands-on experience through a wide variety of role-playing exercises. There will be visits to local city, state and federal courts, and meetings with prominent judges and practicing attorneys. We will also have the chance to speak with the leaders of local not-for-profit organizations that work to empower people to resolve their own disputes outside the court system.

Week 3 — Law and the City

What is the approach to regulation in the United States? We will explore the legal framework that has been created for managing issues such as crime, the environment, and food and worker safety. During this week, we will meet with representatives of regulatory agencies at all levels of government, lobbyists who push for the passage of certain legislation, civic leaders and practicing lawyers.