The Summer Legal Institute in London

Academic Standards

Because the Summer Legal Institute does not provide a review of basic English grammar or vocabulary, all participants must have a solid command of the English language. Applicants must certify their English proficiency to the Summer Legal Institute's satisfaction by submitting with their applications (1) a TOEFL score of at least 570 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88-89 (internet-based); or (2) a recommendation letter from an English speaking instructor or colleague; or (3) a detailed description of their English-language training and exposure.

Classes take place in morning and afternoon sessions each day for three weeks for approximately 75 hours of total classroom instruction. Students are also expected to meet individually with their writing instructors. The teaching approach is the "Socratic method" -- the tradition in American law schools -- with participants called upon in class to discuss and analyze the judicial opinions and other materials assigned to them.

Informed participation is an essential part of the experience. Students will be expected to complete assigned readings and attend and participate regularly in all scheduled classes. Students will receive Certificates of Completion upon meeting the program's requirements. Students subsequently admitted to Boston University School of Law's graduate (LL.M.) programs may apply Summer Institute coursework to satisfy certain program requirements. Students should inquire with other law schools, including their home schools, regarding the transferability of Summer Institute grades and credits.

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