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USC Gould's Summer Law and English (SLE) four-week intensive strengthens your English speaking and writing proficiency, while helping you build a foundation for future legal studies in the United States. This summer's program will be offered entirely online from July 13 - August 7, 2020, in an effort to promote public health and safety in response to COVID-19. Our priority is to continue to deliver an engaging and high-quality program through interactive distance education.
SLE is designed for international:
- corporate legal counsel
- business professionals
- government officials
- law students, particularly those who have earned or will soon earn their first law degree (LLB or equivalent) and are interested in pursuing legal studies in the U.S.
- anyone interested in the U.S. legal system who has earned a non-law undergraduate degree outside the United States
All levels of English fluency are welcome.
While SLE provides informative instruction, it does not grant a degree. You will receive a document from USC Gould that certifies completion of SLE.
Why Choose SLE at USC Gould?
Outstanding USC Gould faculty guide you through discussion and analysis of current legal topics and cases and legal-writing sessions, while specialized legal vocabulary is taught by instructors who are expert in teaching English as a second language.
Through SLE, you will:
- build a foundation of basic U.S. law
- improve your English fluency
- practice writing legal briefs and memos
- prepare for a graduate law degree
- network with other legal and business professionals from around the globe
- engage in a "lawyering lab" to obtain legal skills in mediation, negotiation, and contract drafting
SLE Class Schedule
SLE runs for four weeks, from mid-July to mid-August each year. Classes will be held remotely through Zoom videoconferencing at convenient times for students across various time zones.
Experienced USC Gould adjunct faculty and prominent business and legal professionals present engaging lectures and interactive sessions on many different legal topics. Previous course topics included:
- business associations
- civil procedure
- constitutional law
- criminal law and procedure
- entertainment law
- intellectual property
Legal English courses complement and support your law instruction, while helping improve your English speaking and writing skills.
This year's Summer Law and English (SLE) program will be held entirely online, in an effort to promote public health and safety in response to COVID-19. Through interactive virtual platforms, SLE will deliver an engaging preparatory program that brings together law students from around the world. USC Gould faculty, along with Los Angeles-based lawyers and judges, will continue to offer lectures on various U.S. law topics, and USC International Academy instructors will conduct small discussion groups to strengthen students' English speaking and writing proficiency and skills.
Additionally, students will participate in our LLM Preparation Workshop series, a "lawyering lab" and discussion groups to prepare for their LLM studies at USC Gould or elsewhere. We hope you will join us for a dynamic online summer experience!