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Programs at University of California San Diego Extension International Programs

Program description

Intensive Legal English

If you have advanced English proficiency and you would like to improve your English skills while learning about the U.S. legal system, then the Intensive Legal English program is the program for you. Advanced levels of English proficiency (ELI core levels 108-110) are welcome to take this program. A student’s English proficiency is determined during testing on the first day of the program (week 0). Students who do not obtain the required English level proficiency for this program will be transferred to another 8-week program.

Admission requirements

  • Advanced levels of English proficiency
  • Students must submit a brief statement to explain previous law-related coursework or work experience, and purpose of taking this program.
  • 2019/2020: Academic transcripts of the four most recent semesters

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Program content

Required Courses:

  • Special nine-hour core class providing:
    • an introduction to or a review of the U.S. legal systems
    • trial procedures
    • landmark cases
    • social/cultural trends that affect the law
    • guest lectures by legal scholars and practicing attorneys
    • readings, vocabulary study, and discussion
    • participant presentations
    • class excursions to a courthouse or other sites related to local law services
  • Required: Grammar or Advanced Vocabulary and Discussion through Film (4 hours)
  • 12 hours of class chosen from a list of elective classes which may include the following advanced courses:
    • Business Reading and Discussion
    • Conversation
    • Idioms and Slang
    • Academic Writing
    • Reading Skills
    • Discussion through American& Music
    • IELTS Reading and Writing
    • Oral Presentations
    • Business Presentation Skills
    • Advanced Vocabulary
    • Vocabulary for Business and Finance
    • Spelling and Punctuation
    • TOEFL Preparation

About this institute

University of California San Diego Extension International Programs

The University of California San Diego Extension International Programs offers short-term and intensive English language programs, free mover programs, professional certificates, and summer youth programs. Study in sunny Southern California at one of the top universities in the world, and...


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