LEAD Program

Legal English Advanced Development

Legal English Advanced Development

LEAD is an intensive summer pre-LL.M. program. Focusing on legal English and legal skills, this program was developed for students entering the LL.M. program at Minnesota Law. LEAD is taught by Professor Karen Lundquist who specializes in working with international lawyers studying in the U.S. To maximize your learning, enrollment is limited to 16 students each summer.

New in 2019, LEAD includes a three-week online session in addition to the traditional three-week in-person session on campus. Students may enroll in the full program or choose to only participate in the in-person session. 

Legal English and Legal Skills Content

LEAD focuses on increasing your ability to effectively use English language patterns often found in legal reading and writing. Through focus on writing, vocabulary, grammar, note taking, and listening, you will grow your legal English comprehension abilities to help maximize your LL.M. experience. Additionally, LEAD prepares you for a better understanding of legal course content. Highlights of the course include:

  • Field trips to local legal organizations and courts
  • 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 of case files, with correspondence, contracts and pleadings
  • Exercises covering a range of legal topics including contract law, employment law and intellectual property law
  • Case law, legal analysis and other building blocks of U.S. legal education

Program Details

Dates: Online session June 24 - July 12, 2019; In-Person session Monday, July 15* - Friday, August 2, 2019
Cost: $4,000 for both online and in-person sessions; $3,500 for in-person session only
Registration: Registration for LEAD is open to all LL.M. students entering the University of Minnesota Law School LL.M. Program. Registration opens April 1 and closes on June 15, or when the course is full.

Housing and Living

Students are responsible for arranging their own room and board. Spaces are available in the International Reception Center (university dormitory) during the LEAD program. Check the International Reception Center website for details. Please note that reservations cannot be made until after June 1 of the year you will enroll. Students living in the International Reception Center have the option to purchase meals in the dormitory cafeteria. In addition, there are many restaurants and shops near the university.

Contact Information

University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-1000

Email Us

Connect on Social Media