Legal English Certificate Program & Two-Year LLM

The Legal English Certificate Program (or “LECP”) is offered in two tracks: the “Certificate-only” track, a one-year program for lawyers and other professionals not seeking entry into a BU Law LLM program; and the Two-Year LLM Program track, whereby LLM candidates attend LECP for a year in anticipation of joining one of our LLM programs. In the Two-Year LLM track, you’ll improve your English skills so that you are prepared to matriculate in BU Law’s LLM programs—and you’ll obtain the academic skills and background knowledge necessary to succeed in a demanding graduate program. In the Certificate-only track you’ll gain many of the same skills and expertise but will not proceed into BU Law graduate studies. Both tracks provide a holistic, immersive and rigorous learning experience from one of the nation’s foremost centers for Legal English studies.

For more information about BU Law’s Legal English programs, download the program PDF here. For an inside look at the LECP and Two-Year LLM, please visit the program blog.

CELOP’s Legal English Programs

For LLM Candidates:

Previous LLM students have benefited tremendously from participation in Legal English Programs offered at BU’s Center for English Language and Orientation Programs (CELOP). CELOP offers a six-week pre-LLM summer Legal English Program to help prepare you for LLM studies in the US, at BU Law or elsewhere. The program helps bridge the gap between prior training and the upcoming US law school experience. LLM students say they profit from the valuable background knowledge they gained about American law and legal terminology before their full-time law classes began.

Through small-class instruction led by CELOP’s distinguished faculty and through carefully selected law-related materials and assignments, students:

  • Build their legal English vocabularies and strengthen their legal English writing skills
  • Receive exposure to fundamental aspects of the American legal system and several substantive doctrines central to American Law
  • Become acquainted with the materials, methodologies, and culture of American law school instruction

The program, which runs from early July to late August, is open to all foreign jurists who have been admitted into an LLM program at an American law school in the following fall semester. Entering BU Law LLM students are strongly encouraged to enroll, as the program provides an important orientation to upcoming studies. The program is intended to complement, not replace, the introduction to American Law class course that most foreign LLM students take as part of their graduate studies. In some cases, completion of the Summer Program in Legal English will be a requirement for final admission to BU School of Law. Students admitted to BU Law’s Two-Year LLM Program are required to successfully complete the pre-LLM program before commencing their full-time LLM studies.

Students enrolling in the pre-LLM program will enroll in EN026, following the completion of the application process with CELOP.

For Professionals:

CELOP also offers a four-week summer program — Legal English for Practitioners – which is open to practicing lawyers. Studying alongside colleagues in the legal profession, this program helps internationally trained attorneys develop the language proficiency and cultural background knowledge necessary to succeed in a professional legal environment in English. On-campus dormitory-style accommodations are available, and students can purchase meal plans through Boston University. More information, including application materials, may be found at CELOP’s Web site.

Extended LLM Program Option

Are you foreign trained, want to begin LLM studies as soon as possible, but still need intensive English training to improve your language and communication skills? An attractive option is to extend your LLM studies over three semesters. The Extended LLM Program begins with the summer Pre-LLM Legal English Program at CELOP. Fall semester consists of an intensive English language class at CELOP and two law classes, as specified by your particular LLM program. During spring semester, you will take a full-time course load at BU Law. The following fall semester, you’ll complete the LLM degree requirements.

Program for Legal English Academic Development (PLEAD)

BU Law partners with Cambridge University Press in the UK and TransLegal, the world’s leading provider of Legal English services, in the Program for Legal English Academic Development (PLEAD). PLEAD is a high-quality, blended learning Legal English course, combining the world’s leading Legal English course book with an online course. The course materials are used by law firms, universities, and language schools all over the world to provide high quality teaching to lawyers and law students. Individual lawyers and students can purchase these instructional materials on their own. You can read more at the PLEAD web site.