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 a Minnesota Law professor who 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. The class is taught by Karen Lundquist, Assistant 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 law and intellectual property law
  • Case law, legal analysis and other building blocks of U.S. legal education

Course Structure

The online portion of LEAD does not require having all participants in the same time zone - all you need is a computer and internet connection! 

While you are on campus for the in-person portion, you will spend 20 hours each week reading, discussing, and visiting state and federal courts, the state Capitol, law firms and offices, and other places in the Twin Cities legal community.

Program Details

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. Starting in 2019, LEAD participants may enroll in an earlier three-week online session in addition to the regular three-week in-person session on campus. Students may choose to enroll in both, or only the in-person part. The dates and prices are listed below.

Online + In Person Sessions

June 22 - July 10, 2020 (online)
July 20* - August 7, 2020 (in person)

In Person Session Only

July 20* - August 7, 2020

*NOTE: For LL.M. students entering the U.S. on an F-1 visa, the earliest date to enter the U.S. is July 11, 2020.

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. 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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