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