English for Legal Professionals


Since 1992, this intensive program has provided an ideal introduction to and review of English and legal analysis as used by legal professionals in the United States. Interactive and supporting, English for Legal Professionals provides excellent preparation for legal professionals or law students who want to improve their legal English and legal analysis or who are preparing to enroll in an LL.M. program.

Program Topics*

English for Legal Professionals consists of approximately 30 hours of activities (20 hours of instruction plus 10 hours of outside practice) that will challenge you to improve your skills.

  • Develop reading, writing, and legal analysis skills for professional and academic settings
  • Learn and practice legal vocabulary and grammar
  • Practice reading and briefing legal cases
  • Analyze case hypotheticals and solve legal problems
  • Write a legal memo, client letter, and legal message exam
  • Contracts
  • Present legal oral arguments
  • Create a group project
  • Engage in group work with other participants from around the world


  • Improve your legal reading, writing, vocabulary, and analysis skills
  • Receive valuable individual attention during the course
  • Meet and interact with classmates from around the world

* Topics and Outcomes subject to minor revision.


Learn from outstanding legal practitioners and experts (such as judges, attorneys, etc.).

Designed for Professionals Like You

English for Legal Professionals is designed for intermediate to advanced level English speakers interested in improving their English language skills for success in legal-oriented careers. Participants include practicing attorneys, judges, pre-LL.M. students, business professionals, and those preparing for the Orientation in U.S.A. Law program.

Preparation for LL.M. and/or Orientation in U.S.A. Law

The UC Davis  LL.M. program is taught entirely in English. Therefore, the English for Legal Professionals program is ideal preparation for those who wish to improve their English language skills before beginning the LL.M. at the UC Davis School of Law or elsewhere. 

Dates, Formats, and Fees


June 26 - July 7, 2023


Classes are held at the University of California, Davis, School of Law, subject to public health guidance.


  • Tuition: U.S. $2,115* if you apply by 02/22/2023
  • Application fee: U.S. $150* (if you apply to multiple programs, the application fee is only due once)

Tuition is $2,215* if you apply after 02/22/2023

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Certificates and Credits

All participants will receive a certificate of completion if they attend class regularly.

Deadline to Apply

We strongly recommend enrolling by June 15 or earlier to ensure adequate time for the local U.S. embassy in your country to process the necessary visa for entering the U.S. We have been informed by past participants that U.S. embassies in some countries can take from four to six weeks to process non-immigrant visas (students, business or tourist).

How to Apply

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