American Law and Language Program

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: July
  • Tuition Fee: $2,100.00 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Continuing education
  • Duration: 3 weeks
  • Specialization: U.S. Law

About

The American Law and Language Program is a full-time, three-week intensive program. Through approximately 70 hours of instruction, participants are enriched academically and culturally through four intertwined modules: 1.) A survey of legal English and U.S. law school culture; 2.) Exposure to the foundations of U.S. law and the legal system; 3.) An overview of U.S. corporate law and the legal practice of international business; and 4.) Practical, hands-on lawyering skills development.

Modules & Topics Covered

Instructional Format

U.S. law school-style lectures will be delivered by some of the Moritz College of Law’s leading scholars in these areas. Hands-on, interactive workshops are incorporated into the curriculum. All classes and outings will be held from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Registrants do not receive course credit or a degree. However, certificates of completion are issued by the Office of International and Graduate Affairs at the end of the program.

 

Single-Week Option: “U.S. Corporate Law & the Legal Practice of International Business”

Learning Module Number 3, “U.S. Corporate Law and the Legal Practice of International Business,” will be offered as a stand-alone week-long enrollment option. This may be ideal for individuals who face time constraints and cannot commit to the three-week ALLP session, such as those who are working full-time or returning to their home schools to complete LL.B. studies. Many students and employed professionals would benefit from instruction on U.S. and international commercial law and ADR. Those who are interested in the “U.S. Corporate Law and the Legal Practice of International Business” module will use the same application as ALLP applicants. There is a checkbox option for the single week enrollment choice.

Location

Lecture and workshop sessions are held in Drinko Hall at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in Columbus, Ohio – the nation’s 15th largest city and 4th largest capital city. Drinko Hall houses a three-floor law library that provides ample room for individual and group study. The entire campus of The Ohio State University is fully equipped with wireless internet access and is conveniently located near many of Columbus’ key attractions including the Ohio Statehouse, the Short North Arts District, the Arena District, Huntington Park, and the Franklin Park Conservatory. Being the 3rd largest university in the United States, Ohio State boasts state-of-the-art facilities and outstanding resources that make the institution stand out from its national peers.

Program Details

American Law and Language Program (ALLP):

  •  Duration: Second to last Tuesday in July to second Friday in August
  •  Program Fee: $2,100 due by the Friday prior to the first day of the program

 

Single-Week Enrollment Option:

  • Duration: Full Second Week of August
  • Program Fee: $1,000 due by the Friday prior to the first day of the program

The program fees include outings as noted on the agenda.

The program fees DO NOT include:

  • Transportation
  • Lodging and Meals
  • Optional social activities recommended by ALLP staff
  • Optional 1-week ($20) or 3-week ($40) guest pass to use the Recreational Facilities at OSU

A Note on Lodging

The Office of International and Graduate Affairs has arranged for special pricing of $100 per room, per night at the Fairfield Inn and Suites (Marriott.com/cmhsu) near campus. Rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. Amenities at this hotel include:

 

  • A complimentary hotel shuttle service within a 5-mile radius
  • Complimentary Hot breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage and make your own waffles
  • A refrigerator in every room
  • Access to microwaves
  • Free wired and wireless internet
  • Free parking
  • Indoor Pool & spa
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • 24-hour Market for beverages and snacks
  • Coin-operated Laundry

 

Admitted applicants wishing to reserve a room at the Fairfield Inn and Suites will receive a special link via email from the Office. The quoted price is only available to those who use the link that will be provided. You can select a check-out date that is earlier than the ALLP end date should you need to move into an apartment or other lodging on an evening or weekend day during the program.

 

Participants are responsible for all costs associated with lodging as well as for the arrangements related to sharing rooms (including splitting expenses). Furthermore, if you are planning to share a room, only one person can make the reservation since more than one credit card cannot be used to hold a room.

 

Other Hotel Options: Should you wish to do additional research on accommodations, the University has partnerships with hotels in an area called the Hospitality District (http://www.uhdcolumbus.com). Inquire about OSU affiliate discounts. Additionally, there are several hotel options on the Experience Columbus website and you can search for hotels in the OSU area (https://www.experiencecolumbus.com/hotels/near-osu/).

 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

 

The program deposit is non-refundable. Additionally, no refunds for remaining ALLP fees are issued after the first day of the program.

 

For more information about this Program, please check here

Registration & Eligibility

Visa Information: 

 

Incoming LL.M. students requiring F-1 visas are able to enter the U.S. with their I-20s thirty (30) days before the first day of their program (date marked on their I-20). Incoming LL.M. students who will be attending other U.S. law schools are welcome to apply to this program as long as their arrival dates (and 30 day grace period) coincide with the program dates. Students must be in Columbus, Ohio, for the duration of the program. Summer program applicants who are not entering an LL.M. program in the Fall semester, but would like to participate in either the three-week or one-week option can receive an invitation letter from the Moritz College of Law’s Office of International Affairs to assist with the B-1 or B-2 tourist visa application process.

 

English Levels Requirement: 

 

The program is open to any foreign-trained lawyer (from recent law graduates to practicing attorneys and judges) with a TOEFL score of 80 or an IELTS score of 6.5 or above. If an applicant for the American Law & Language Program does not have an IELTS or TOEFL score, he or she is able to interview via Skype with the Assistant Dean instead of taking the TOEFL or IELTS exams. U.S. Permanent Residents are exempt from the English requirement.

Curriculum

The American Law and Language Program is a full-time, three-week intensive program. Through approximately 70 hours of instruction, participants are enriched academically and culturally through four intertwined modules:

 

  • A survey of legal English and U.S. law school culture;
  • Exposure to the foundations of U.S. law and the legal system;
  • An overview of U.S. corporate law and the legal practice of international business; and
  • Practical, hands-on lawyering skills development.