Setting Up Your Own Course Like LEALS!

I have enjoyed teaching Legal English for American Law Schools (LEALS) again over Summer 2022. As we prepare for the final week of the course, I write to share that any law school outside the U.S. can set up a course like LEALS. And I highly recommend doing so for a number of reasons! Cost:Continue reading “Setting Up Your Own Course Like LEALS!”

The Career and Professional Development Side of the U.S. Law School Experience (Beyond Non-JD Head Start Series)

In addition to the academic side of the U.S. law experience, almost all J.D. students and so many LL.M. students are very focused on the U.S. job prospects. For foreign-educated lawyers enrolling in LL.M. and J.D. programs, the job after the degree is crucial. Indeed, it’s one of the first things (along with scholarships) peopleContinue reading “The Career and Professional Development Side of the U.S. Law School Experience (Beyond Non-JD Head Start Series)”

The Academic Side of the U.S. Law School Experience (Beyond Non-JD Head Start Series)

The U.S. law school experience is intensive. For foreign-educated lawyers, that experience can feel even more challenging in some ways. For LL.M. students, the one-year nature of the LL.M. experience makes it crucial to “hit the ground running.” Today’s blog is about the academic side of the U.S. law school experience. The focus will beContinue reading “The Academic Side of the U.S. Law School Experience (Beyond Non-JD Head Start Series)”

The Decision-Making Process and Preparing for Your U.S. Law School Degree (Beyond Non-JD Head Start Series)

Congratulations on all your LL.M. or J.D. acceptances and scholarship awards! If you followed the Head Start Series advice, you are now looking at a tough decision! Which law school to attend. Some general thoughts on the decision-making process. Determine what is most important to you. For most of the people I speak with, theContinue reading “The Decision-Making Process and Preparing for Your U.S. Law School Degree (Beyond Non-JD Head Start Series)”

Introduction to the U.S. Law School Application Process (Beyond Non-JD Head Start Series)

There is plenty of information about applying to U.S. law schools, if you know where to look! Between law schools hosting their own recruitment events, consortium events and events with organizations like EducationUSA, and university websites, you can learn a lot directly from the law schools. There are also numerous consultants, law school graduates, andContinue reading “Introduction to the U.S. Law School Application Process (Beyond Non-JD Head Start Series)”

Choosing the Right Degree Program for YOUR Goals (Beyond Non-JD Summer Head Start Series)

After reading the Introduction to Degree Programs at U.S. Law Schools, you’ll note that foreign-educated lawyers have multiple options for studying law in the United States. The first question I go over with my LEALS students is whether a J.D. or LL.M. makes more sense for their goals. I think that is a question thatContinue reading “Choosing the Right Degree Program for YOUR Goals (Beyond Non-JD Summer Head Start Series)”

Beyond Non-JD Summer Road Trip Across America: Week 2 – Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas

In Week 1, my students focused on common law, precedent, and stare decisis. In Week 2, we shifted to federalism, separation of powers, and constitutionality. I’ve been incorporating current events and locations into the course, and it’s been interesting to talk about/prepare to talk about common law/civil law distinctions from New Orleans, discuss federalism issuesContinue reading “Beyond Non-JD Summer Road Trip Across America: Week 2 – Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas”

Introduction to Degree Programs at U.S. Law Schools (Beyond Non-JD Summer Head Start Series)

I always enjoyed when a phone call with a prospective student ended with that person telling me how much they learned about U.S. legal education from our brief conversation. In the interest of helping level the playing field, here are three myths I have to help prospective students overcome. Myth #1: Foreign-educated lawyers have toContinue reading “Introduction to Degree Programs at U.S. Law Schools (Beyond Non-JD Summer Head Start Series)”

Beyond Non-JD Summer Road Trip Across America: Week 1- Florida

This summer, I am teaching online twice a week (on the other side of the world) while traveling across the United States. I’m trying to make the most of this opportunity in a number of ways: Teaching my LEALS students more about the U.S. from each destination I am in. For example, on Sunday nightContinue reading “Beyond Non-JD Summer Road Trip Across America: Week 1- Florida”

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