Practice your listening and speaking skills
· Enhance your legal reading and writing
· Ideal for busy legal practitioners who need immediate results
Practice your American Legal English with professors of American University's Washington College of Law. Enhance your legal writing, negotiation, and speaking skills with English for Legal Purposes specialists.
What is the Legal English Institute?
The WCL Legal English Institute at Sergio Arboleda is designed to introduce practitioners to legal English concepts. Through daily lectures, written assignments and in-class exercises, participants whose native language is not English will practice a wide array of legal English skills ranging from legal reading and writing strategies to oral presentation of substantive legal issues in American contract law.
Sessions will meet from 6:00- 10:00 Monday through Thursday and from 8:00- 4:00 Friday and Saturday. Participants are expected to take part in class exercises and complete homework assignments. The small class size and student-teacher meetings ensure individual attention.
Participants in the WCL Legal English Institute at Sergio Arboleda will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon successful completion of the legal English program.
The program covers the basics of the US Legal system and US contract law. The lessons will include:
· Introduction to American Legal Institutions
· Fundamentals of U.S Contract Law
· Effective Legal Drafting Workshop
· Oral and written communication lessons
Listening and Speaking
With the aim of preparing participants for real-world situations such as client meetings, conference calls, and negotiations, the WCL Legal English Institute at Sergio Arboleda incorporates exercises that focus on speaking and writing skills, while immersing the participants in legal English language.
Writing exercises will focus on clear and accurate expression, effective legal style, and organization. Participants will draft short legal summaries, business letters, contract provisions and professional e-mails. Brief exercises throughout the course will lay the foundation for an intensive workshop on the last day of the course that will put the participants’ legal writing skills into practice.
The teachers of the WCL Legal English Institute at Sergio Arboleda are adjunct professors at the American University's Washington College of Law and have been working with international students for many years at all levels of proficiency. They have taught many different kinds of legal English courses both in Washington, DC and abroad.
Kathryn E McDonnell practiced international commercial law as corporate in-house counsel for more than 20 years before earning a Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at American University in Washington, DC. She has taught English as a Second or Foreign Language for 10 years, including for programs in Europe and Asia. She has taught legal English as part of American University’s Summer Legal English Institute for the last 4 years. She is currently an adjunct teacher of ESL at Montgomery College in Maryland and also serves as an arbitrator for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Kevin J. Fandl is a federal attorney and the Director of the Executive Secretariat for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He has been an adjunct law professor at the American University Washington College of Law since 2004, teaching courses on international trade and development law, intellectual property, and advanced legal writing. He has taught many courses on subjects such as international business, economic development, and introduction to the U.S. legal system in places such as the Universidad de Chile (Santiago), la Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá), and for the International Law Institute in the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo).