Summer Study of American Law Program

About the Program

The Duquesne University School of Law Summer Study of American Law Program (the “Summer Program”) is designed to introduce foreign law students to the United States legal system, and to enhance their English speaking and writing proficiency.

 

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The Summer Program curriculum covers the basic concepts and terminology related to the American law-making process and the common law system. Courses in the curriculum introduce students to legal research and writing methods, including the use of online legal databases and print resources. The Program will develop for each student an understanding of the United States legal education system’s “Socratic Method,” including techniques for briefing cases and taking law school exams.

The English language courses will develop each student’s ability to actively apply academic vocabulary, complex grammar structures and appropriate discourse strategies to express and support arguments and opinions in speaking, and improve their ability to produce clear and accurate writing.

 

Eligible Students

The following students will benefit and may apply to this program:

  • Foreign law or law related students including 1st, 2nd, 3rd Master of Laws students, or 3rd (3+1 program), 4th year Bachelor of Laws students who are interested in pursuing DuquesneLaw School’s LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers program, or
  • Foreign law or law related students including all years of Bachelor of Laws or Master of Laws students who are interested in exploring the American legal system and enhancing their English proficiency through this summer program

 

Details for 2018 Summer Program

Location: 900 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Dates: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - Friday, August 10, 2018

Tuition and Fees:   $3,750 USD (Covering course materials, room and board, local tours and field trips.)

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

Program Details (PDF). 

 

Detailed Schedule:  Daily Schedule (PDF)

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Courses

  1. Foundations of Studying American Law - This course provides an overview of the U.S. civil legal system, including an introduction to the use of legal terminology. 
  2. Legal Research and Writing - This course will provide an introduction to legal research and writing methods covering primary sources and secondary sources using print publications, online databases (i.e., Westlaw and LexisNexis), and internet sites.
  3. Language for Speaking - This class will help develop students’ ability to actively apply academic vocabulary, complex grammar structures and appropriate discourse strategies to express and support arguments and opinions in speaking.
  4. Langage for Writing - This class provide students with the basics of argument structure and allows them to participate in activities to improve their ability to produce clear, accurate writing.

 

Local Tours and Field Trips

All in walking distance from campus

  1. Tour of Pittsburgh via Just Ducky Tours
  2. Pittsburgh Pirates Professional Baseball game at PNC Park
  3. Fallingwater
  4. Courts, such as the Historic Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail
  5. Law Firms (such as K&L Gates and Reed Smith)