Legal English

CELOP’s legal English programs offer something for everyone. Our courses are designed for both future LL.M. students and current legal practitioners. Courses focus on giving you the knowledge and skills you need to be successful in an English-speaking legal environment, with specific focus on legal vocabulary, oral and written argumentation, public speaking, and the American legal system. Legal English programs are only offered during our summer semester.

Legal English for LL.M. Students – 6 weeks (EN026)

This intensive English program was developed in collaboration with the Boston University School of Law. This program will help you develop the language skills, legal knowledge and confidence necessary to be successful in an American law school.

Entrance Requirements for EN026

In order to be considered for the Legal English for practitioners program, you must have been admitted into an LL.M. program at a U.S. law school for the coming fall and are required to submit:

  • LL.M. program acceptance letter.
  • A copy of your CV/resume.
  • A brief statement of purpose (300 to 500 words) about what you hope to get out of this course.

Legal English for LL.M. Students - Program Details

Language Focus – Learn the English language skills that are essential to the effective use of written and spoken legal English including legal vocabulary, oral and written argumentation, and public speaking.

Legal Study - Gain an understanding of the US legal system by investigating the governmental, economic, historical, and sociological environment in which it functions.

Courthouse Visits – Tour State and Federal Courthouses and observe a civil trial.


 Legal English for Practitioners – 4 weeks (EN006)

Legal English for Practitioners is open to practicing lawyers.  Studying alongside colleagues in the legal profession, this program will help you develop the language proficiency and cultural background knowledge necessary to succeed in a professional legal environment in English.

Entrance Requirements for EN006

In order to be considered for the Legal English for practitioners program, you are required to have a minimum 2-3 years of law school or judicial training (practicing law experience preferred), and English proficiency at the High Intermediate level. In addition to the standard CELOP application materials, you will also need to submit:

  • A copy of your CV/resume.
  • A brief statement of purpose (300 to 500 words) describing your professional experience and what you hope to get out of this course.

Legal English for Practitioners - Program Details

Specifically, in this program we will help you to:

  • Develop a conversant vocabulary of legal terms
  • Understand the basic organization of the American legal system
  • Present clear, logical, and well-supported legal reasoning in oral communication and written form
  • Improve communicative competence through giving oral presentations, listening to lectures, and participating in discussions

Co-taught by professional English language faculty and a practicing attorney, this program has four major components:

Legal Sessions Receive legal instruction from a practicing attorney, Monday through Thursday mornings for two hours per day. These sessions will feature an overview of American law and practice, including the law of commerce.

Language Sessions Learn the English language skills that are essential to the effective use of written and spoken legal English.

Tours and visiting lecturers Tour a Federal Courthouse and observe court proceedings, visit the Boston University School of Law Library, and listen to guest lecturers such as a law professor from the University’s LL.M. program.

Workshops Improve your skills as a lawyer through our legal workshops, which take place on Monday and Wednesday afternoons for an hour and a half per day. These workshops will be co-taught by the class attorney and your CELOP English language instructor. They will focus on negotiating and drafting a contract and engaging in a mock trial.


Legal English Certificate Program

The Legal English Certificate Program (or ‘LECP’) has been jointly developed by Boston University School of Law and CELOP. Click here for more information about this program.

Program Dates and Fees

Please visit our Dates and Fees page for program dates and costs.