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Law Seminar, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 42 days
New Haven, CT, United States
This 6 week program is an intensive introduction to the American legal system designed to prepare you to enter law school in the U.S.A or work in the field of law in an international context. Make international connections, learn about the American legal system and the language it requires. The Law Seminar course is offered by Yale English Language Institute. 
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The Law Seminar course is offered by Yale English Language Institute.

The Specifics

Morning Seminar

The U.S. Legal System and the Constitution

Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The morning program offers a content-based class that is taught by an attorney and professor of law. The lectures and Socratic method of teacher-student dialogue are intended to provide an authentic learning situation that mirrors a lecture class in a U.S. law school. Class content includes civil procedure, contracts, professional responsibility, constitutional law, criminal law, torts, and corporate law, among others. Contemporary US legal principles and their historic origins are presented including the right to freedom of speech, religion, privacy, and civil rights. Students also prepare their own arguments based on their reading of an actual case and participate in teams of four in a Moot Court debate before a panel of student judges and the professor.

Participants will be offered the opportunity to take field trips. In past years, participants have visited places such as:

  • A federal and state correctional facility (a prison)
  • State and federal courts to observe a criminal trial and to meet with judges before and after the trial
  • The United Nations in New York City
Afternoon Classes

Written Communication Skills (two afternoons a week)

This class reviews various rhetorical modes such as summary writing and paraphrasing, reports and reactions, and writing to persuade while using legal contexts and vocabulary. The class also provides instruction in reading strategies, reading and interpreting a legal contract, as well as writing a case brief, business letters, a contract, and a research paper among other legal formats. Students practice writing in the ‘irac’ format, which is used for law school essay exams and on the Bar, and participate in an online debate. Finally, students prepare a simulated conference for which they conduct research, give formal presentations, and write reactions. Refine your persuasive writing and argumentation.

Oral Communications Skills (two afternoons a week)

This class focuses on effective speaking in a variety of legal contexts including interviews, discussions, debates, and re-enactments of courtroom scenes. Students practice increased clarity of expression in a setting that emphasizes collaborative learning.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 42 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Evening Class

Laws, Morals, and Professional Responsibility (one evening per week)

The evening class provides an opportunity to practice reading strategies and to consider ethical dilemmas facing the legal profession. The traditional role and image of lawyers as described in Anthony Kronman’s The Lost Lawyer is discussed in depth along with portrayals of lawyers in excerpts from films. Students complete a research paper often in conjunction with their writing class on a relevant topic of their choice including an ethical issue in their country and ways to resolve it.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Professional Seminars’ Admissions Notice
  • Students who plan to apply to English for Business or English for Law must have a solid background in the discipline.
  • Undergraduates who apply should have completed their third year of undergraduate study in either business or law to qualify for admission.
Application Requirements
  • Online application
  • Application fee and Visa Processing fee
  • Financial documents
  • Photocopy of passport
English Requirements
  • IELTS band: Accepted, no minimum score required
  • TOELF iBT ® test: Accepted, no minimum score required
  • CAE Score: not accepted
  • FCE score: not accepted

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6165 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6165 USD per module and a duration of 42 days.
  • National

    6165 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6165 USD per module and a duration of 42 days.
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Living costs for New Haven

  • 1380 - 2110 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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