Who should take this course?
Law students and professional attorneys seeking to develop their English written and oral communication skills will benefit from taking the Legal English program. Through interactive lectures, guided practice, and simulated activities, students build confidence, accuracy, and fluency in:
- Writing case briefs, emails, memorandums, statements of facts, and motions
- Reading, annotating, and analyzing legal documents and cases
- Giving presentations and public speaking
Students with a pre-advanced or advanced level of English proficiency are welcome to take this program. All new students must take an online placement test to determine their English level before starting the Legal English. The placement test is part of the required online pre-arrival orientation. Students who do not obtain the required English level for this program will take Conversation and Fluency (high-beginner, pre-intermediate, intermediate, and high-intermediate levels).
Additional Admission Requirements
- Application must include personal statement explaining law-related coursework or work experience, and purpose of taking this program.
- January 10 - February 4 - CLOSED
- February 7 - March 4 - CLOSED
- July 5 - 29 (July 4 is a holiday)
- August 1 - 26
- October 17 - November 11
- November 14 - December 9
View a complete list of all program dates.
All programs close when they are full. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis until all seats available are taken. Acceptance deadline is 3 weeks before the program start-date.
All enrolled students are required to complete an online pre-arrival orientation before starting the Legal English program.
- 15* or 20 hours per week
- Schedule varies depending on level and courses chosen
Program Topics Include
- Origins of U.S. Legal System
- U.S. Constitution and Constitutional Law
- The Court Systems
- Criminal Law
- Civil Law
- Business Law
Legal English is taught in two modules and students may take the program two times.
This program includes a visit to a courthouse to observe a public hearing or trial and expert guest speakers on selected areas of law. Guest speaker dates vary according to availability.
In the 15-hour* per week part-time Legal English schedule, not all listed topics will be covered and some projects will be omitted.
Cost (in U.S. dollars)
- Application Fee: $150 (nonrefundable)
- Part-time Tuition: $2,050 (15 hours per week / 60 hours total)*, OR
- Full-time Tuition: $2,300 (20 hours per week / 80 hours total)
- International Student Service Fee: $175
- UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies medical insurance: $180
- Books/Materials: Approximately $200 (Payment CANNOT be made in advance. Books and materials must be purchased upon arrival at UC San Diego.)
* The part-time program is not eligible for the Form I-20.
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