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Legal English Advanced Development (LEAD) Program

The Legal English Advanced Development (LEAD) program is an intensive English language and legal skills program developed by the University of Minnesota Law School for students entering the LL.M. Program. This class is taught by Minnesota English Language Program instructors who specialize in teaching professional English to non-native speakers of English. To maximize your learning, enrollment is limited to 20 students.

English Skills Coursework

The English Skills portion of LEAD focuses on increasing your ability to effectively use language patterns often found in legal reading and writing. Through focus on writing, vocabulary, grammar, note taking, and listening, you will grow your comprehension abilities to help maximize your legal study experience.

Law Skills Coursework

This section of LEAD prepares you for a better understanding of legal course content. The class is taught by Karen Lundquist, Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing and Research in the LL.M. program. Highlights of the course include:

  • Interactive exercises that integrate English skills into the law skills coursework
  • Mock interviews, mock negotiations and mock trials to help you learn by doing
  • Study case files, with correspondence, contracts and pleadings
  • Exercises covering a range of legal topics including contract, law, employment and intellectual property law
  • Case law, legal analysis and other building blocks of U.S. legal education

Sample Course Schedule

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - English skills
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch
1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Law skills

Program Details

Dates: Monday, July 20*—Friday, August 7, 2015
Cost: $3,000
Registration: Registration for LEAD is open to all LL.M. students entering the University of Minnesota Law School LL.M. Program. Registration will close on June 15, or when the course is full. Click here to register online now.

*NOTE: For LL.M. students entering the U.S. on an F-1 visa, the earliest date to enter the U.S. is July 14, 2015.

Housing and Living

Students are responsible for arranging their own housing. Spaces are available in the International Reception Center (university dormitory) during the LEAD program. Check the International Reception Center website for details: www.housing.umn.edu/international/irc. Each student is responsible for all meals. Students living in the International Reception Center may purchase meals in the dormitory cafeteria. In addition, there are many restaurants and shops near the university.