Legal English Certificate

  • LAW LE 650: Legal English I
    This course will assist students in developing the English language communication skills necessary to succeed in BU Law's LLM programs and international legal practice. Part II of this course continues in the Spring Semester. Learning outcomes will be to acquire effective reading strategies, to enhance vocabulary skills, to practice listening, to write persuasively using appropriate grammar and revise work based on instructor feedback, and to develop oral fluency and accuracy and hone pronunciation. Students will work on expanding general English skills using course materials that incorporate legal content and deal with law-related issues, but are not legal sources per se.
  • LAW LE 651: Academic Skills for U.S. Law Studies I
    This course will cover the study skills and strategies needed to succeed in an English-language law program in the United States. The focus will be on strengthening study skills and listening and speaking effectively. Students will work on listening strategies that will help them to handle lectures and discussions from various disciplines, including taking coherent notes and writing summaries of and responses to complex questions about the listenings. Students will also work on speaking strategies that will allow them to participate fully in academic life at law school, including interacting with classmates and professors, participating in class discussions, and giving effective oral presentations.
  • LAW LE 652: Introduction to U.S. Legal Culture
    This course will provide a foundational understanding of general American legal concepts, history, culture, and profession, including professional responsibility. Students will engage in reading and classroom discussion of assigned materials (consisting of cases, articles, fiction, excerpts, etc) that will be supplemented by field trips to state and federal courts and other relevant venues.
  • LAW LE 653: Legal English II
    Building upon Legal English I, this course further enhances student Legal English communication skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students continue to sharpen these skills with greater emphasis on legal materials and related substantive vocabulary.
  • LAW LE 654: Legal Writing
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • LAW LE 655: Persuasive Legal Advocacy
    Designed as a complement to the Legal Writing class, this course will develop students' persuasive advocacy skills through hands-on practice in oral and written communication, including effective presentation, listening, and writing skills. Through simulations and role plays, it will train students in the art of effective advocacy. We will focus on three major projects: (1) a law partnership negotiation, contract and presentation; (2) client counseling and written communications; and (3) a full-scale mock trial.
  • LAW LE 656: Topics in American Law
    This course engages students around current legal topics to further develop their listening and writing skills. Topics include civil liberties, unlawful search and seizure, the right to privacy, gender discrimination, and prisoner's rights.
  • LAW LE 657: Academic Skills for U.S. Law Studies II
    This course will teach foreign students skills for success inside and outside the law school classroom. The course will be divided into modules focusing on preparing for class, participating in class, studying for exams, and taking advantage of opportunities outside the classroom. Each class session will build on the terms and concepts covered during previous sessions. Briefing cases and summarizing materials in one's own words will be of central importance to the course. As effective communication is an essential skill for success in law school, students will be expected to complete frequent, short written assignments and participate actively in class discussion.