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Intensive Legal English

Intensive Legal English

Who should take this course?

This program is for students with advanced proficiency in English who have a minimum of 4 - 6 months of previous legal studies or law-related work experience, and who are interested in both improving their English skills while learning about the U.S. legal system. Advanced levels of English proficiency (ELI core levels 108-110) may take this program. Student's English proficiency is determined during the first week of the program (week 0).

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Student must have a language proficiency score of 90 iBT or IELTS 8.0

  • Students must submit a brief statement to explain previous law-related coursework or work experience, and purpose of taking this program.

2014 Dates (click here for complete list of program dates):

  • January 6 - March 21
  • March 31 - June 13
  • June 23 - September 5
  • September 22 - December 5

Program Schedule:

  • Monday - Friday

  • Classes are held between 8:30 - 4:30 PM

  • 11 weeks - 25 hours per week (first week is testing, orientation & registration)

  • Schedule varies depending on classes chosen

Required Courses:

  • Special nine-hour core class providing:

    • an introduction to or a review of the U.S. legal systems
    • trial procedures
    • landmark cases
    • social/cultural trends that affect the law
    • guest lectures by legal scholars and practicing attorneys
    • readings, vocabulary study, discussions
    • participant presentations
    • class excursions to a courthouse or other sites related to local law services
  • Grammar or film (4 hours)

An additional 12 hours per week may be chosen by students from this list:

  • Advanced Academic Listening

  • Advanced Vocabulary

  • Advanced Current Events

  • Academic Writing

  • Advanced Idioms and Slang

  • Idioms for Business

  • TOEFL Preparation

Students who complete this program with strong grades and references from all ELI instructors may be eligible for conditional admissions to the California Western School of Law. For more information please contact

Note: This program can only be taken one time.

Cost (In U.S. Dollars):

Application Fee: $150 (nonrefundable)

FedEx fee: $50 (optional, but recommended)
2014 Tuition: $3,950

International Student Service Fee: $350
Books/Materials: Approximately $250

(Payment for all books and instructional materials CANNOT be made in advance and are to be purchased upon arrival at UC San Diego.)
Apply Now! Click here for the 2014 International Programs application.

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