The Summer Law & English (SLE) program runs for four weeks from mid-July to mid-August each year. Classes are held during varied hours between 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Special activities will take place on various weekdays.
The SLE program is non-degree. Participants will receive a document from USC Gould School of Law that certifies their completion of the program at the end of the four weeks.
The SLE program introduces students to the fundamental areas of law, and they will gain a better understanding of the theories and practices of the U.S. legal system. Experienced adjunct instructors from USC Gould School of Law and prominent business and legal professionals will provide exciting lectures and interactive sessions throughout the program on many different legal topics.
Previous law sessions included:
Criminal Law & Procedure
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Mergers & Acquisitions
Securities Regulation & Fraud
International Business Transactions
Taught by trained English instructors from the USC International Academy, the Legal English classes complement and support the law curriculum, as well as implement teaching methods to help students improve their English speaking and writing skills to be successful law students, legal practitioners and business professionals. Topics of discussion are law-related and include readings on current legal issues and events. Students also engage in various collaborative problem-solving exercises, such as small group discussions, role playing and presentations. Specialized legal writing sessions focus on developing legal writing skills necessary to write briefs and memos. For future graduate law students, the legal writing sessions will help prepare them for law school by practicing exam writing.