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Legal English Gateway Program

July 7 - August 1, 2014

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The Gateway program enables international applicants to LL.M. programs, international lawyers, judges and law professionals to improve their ability in the English language, as well as deepen their understanding of the U.S legal system. Such knowledge is crucial to being able to fully understand and participate in English speaking professional activities, or LL.M. programs.

The Gateway program is a 4-week seminar that will be offered July 7 – August 1, 2014. The program will meet daily from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Friday, with site visits and social outings on Wednesdays.

The program will include the following topic areas:

  • Legal Research and Writing (Mondays & Thursdays)
  • US Legal Vocabulary and Concepts (Tuesdays & Fridays)
  • Advanced Reading/Writing
  • Advanced Grammar Workshop


During the duration of the program, attendees will be housed at the beautiful Pepperdine University Malibu Campus, which is just north of Los Angeles.  Participants will have access to the library and other academic resources, campus recreational facilities including Olympic sized swimming pool, track, tennis courts, gym facility and more.

In addition to the above described topic areas, the program will include weekly extra-curricular professional and cultural activities. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in site visits to Disneyland, the Hollywood Bowl, the John Paul Getty Museum, and to a Dodgers game, as well as to the Los Angeles Superior Court, JAMS, an interview with a sitting judge, and a panel discussion with lawyers with specialty in International Law practice.

The Gateway program is not for academic credit.  It is designed to benefit international legal professionals as well as LLM applicants who were not able to reach the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score requirements for their target schools.  International students planning to study law in the U.S. or prepare to take California or New York bar examinations will also benefit from the program by learning many of the pertinent aspects of the American legal system and U.S. Law.  Individuals interested in gaining admittance to the Certificate, Masters in Dispute Resolution (MDR) or LLM in Dispute Resolution programs should contact Sarah Gonzales

Download the registration form for the program, and submit it along with a current résumé or curriculum vitae to at the Straus Institute.

Sample of Last Year's Schedule (July/August)

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Legal Research & Writing/
English Skills Development

*Welcome BBQ

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Legal Concepts & Vocabulary/ English Skills Development

 

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*Site Visit: L.A. Superior Court

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Legal Research & Writing/
English Skills Development

 

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Legal Concepts & Vocabulary/ English Skills Development

*Site Visit: Dodgers Game (Rockies)

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Legal Research & Writing/
English Skills Development

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Legal Concepts & Vocabulary/ English Skills Development

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*Site Visit: JAMS

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Legal Research & Writing/
English Skills Development

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Legal Concepts & Vocabulary/ English Skills Development

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Disneyland

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Legal Research & Writing/
English Skills Development

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Legal Concepts & Vocabulary/ English Skills Development

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*Site Visit: Judicial Interview

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Legal Research & Writing/
English Skills Development

 

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Legal Concepts & Vocabulary/ English Skills Development

*Site Visit: The Hollywood Bowl (Chicago)

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English Skills Development

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Legal Concepts & Vocabulary/ English Skills Development

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*Site Visit: Panel Discussion

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Legal Research & Writing/
English Skills Development

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Legal Concepts & Vocabulary/ English Skills Development

*Closing Banquet

 

Cost
The cost of the program includes classroom experience, on-campus housing, transportation and admission to all professional and cultural site visits. The cost will be U$4,800.00.

Visa Information 
The Legal English Gateway program is classified as a training program.  As such, program participants have the option to enter the U.S. as a B-1, B-2 or WT visitor.  This is appropriate for those who are coming to the United States primarily for tourism, and participate in a professional conference or seminar during their visit. It is the participant's responsibility to obtain the applicable visa.

Additional Training Opportunity
Students interested in getting Mediation training after the Legal English Gateway Program, have the opportunity to stay one more week and attend the Mediating the Litigated Case program. This is a separate training program and will require an additional registration.  Mediating the Litigated Case is a popular training program, and registration should be done early to secure a spot. Please register online at the link above or contact Mrs. Tess Marme for more information.