English For Legal Studies

The application deadline for the 2014 Summer Programs is May 9, 2014

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The dates of the 2014 English for Legal Studies are:

June 25 - August 8, 2014


A deposit of $500.00 must be received before your application can be processed.  

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Program Description - English for Legal Studies

The English for Legal Studies (ELS) program is an intensive six-week English program for Legal English. It is designed for students who have been accepted into a competitive U.S. law school, most typically for an LL.M program. The primary focus is on the language and academic skills needed to succeed in a rigorous LL.M program. 

Classes meet approximately twenty hours per week, Monday through Friday with some evening sessions. Attendance is mandatory, as are individual and team homework assignments. Small class size and student-teacher conferences provide opportunities for individual attention. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

ELS also provides opportunities for students to become familiar with the American legal system and law school culture. This emphasis has been adopted to facilitate the students' transition into a fall law program. Students can expect to gain a wider understanding of the U.S. university system, professor expectations, and student responsibilities.

The ELS program is committed to extending the participants' use of English outside the classroom. There will be opportunities to use English in social settings. Participants in the ELS program are considered enrolled at the University of Michigan will have access to U-M libraries and computing centers on campus. Access to sports facilities is also available for a small fee.