LEAD program

LEAD Program

Legal English Advanced Development

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 that same school year. This program is taught by Karen Lundquist, Assistant Professor of Legal Writing and Research in the LL.M. program. Professosr Lundquist specializes in teaching legal English to non-native speakers of English. To maximize your learning, enrollment is limited to 16 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. Highlights 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 law and intellectual property law
  • Case law, legal analysis and other building blocks of U.S. legal education

Course Structure

Due to COVID-19, the LEAD program for our 2020-21 students will be entirely online. The format we use does not require having all participants in the same time zone - all you need is a computer and internet connection. The coursework can be done at the time of day that is convenient for you!

During your academic year in the LL.M. Program, Professor Lundquist will take LEAD students on various field trips within the legal community of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Examples of field trips that have been taken previously include state and federal courts, the state Capitol, law firms and offices, and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Program Details

To accommodate the two different start-dates (fall semester and spring semester) for the 2020-21 school year, we will hold two separate, identical LEAD programs. Students who will begin the LL.M. program in fall 2020 may enroll in the LEAD program held in July 2020. Students beginning the LL.M. program in spring 2021 may enroll in the LEAD program held in November/December 2020. 

Winter LEAD Session (for students starting the LL.M. program January 2021)

November 23 - December 18, 2020
Registration is open now and will close when the class is full

Housing and Living

Students are responsible for arranging their own housing while they are in Minnesota. Spaces are available in the International Reception Center (university dormitory) during the summer. Check the International Early Arrival Housing website for details. Please note that reservations cannot be made until after June 1 of the year you will enroll. 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.

Contact Information

University of Minnesota Law School

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

P: 612-625-5000

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