American Law and Legal English Institute

About the Program

The University of Delaware’s American Law and Legal English Institute (ALLEI) was established in 1994 to offer international legal professionals training in the American legal system and legal English communication.

This program benefits uniquely from the experience of the legal community of the State, particularly from the legal activity of the state’s Court of Chancery, an international center for corporate and commercial legal processes. Much of US corporate litigation takes place in Delaware, and the Delaware Bar Association includes some of the most highly regarded attorneys and judges in the United States, many of whom have served as ALLEI faculty over the years.

The four week ALLEI program includes 120 hours of instructional and professional activities, including courses, seminars, legal visitations and cultural activities.


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ALLEI Courses

Courses are taught by experienced lawyers and center on topics in legal theory and practice.

ALLEI-banking prof

ALLEI professor, 2014


American Law Courses

  • American Legal English
  • The American Judicial System
  • American Constitutional Law
  • American Corporations and Business Ethics
  • Contracts and Commercial Law
  • Torts and Personal Injury Law
  • International Transactions
  • Tax and Investment Law


Legal English and Communication Courses

  • Computerized legal research
  • Contract and case analysis
  • Legal vocabulary and writing
  • Oral Advocacy


Legal Seminars and Workshops

Legal and judicial seminars and workshops are offered on campus and at various law firms and courts in Delaware and led by lawyers and judges from Delaware’s legal community who are experts in their respective fields. Topics may include:

  • International Trade and Business


    ALLEI students taking notes during a seminar, 2014

  • American & Multinational Corporations
  • American Criminal Justice
  • Banking and Insurance
  • Product Liability and Personal Injury
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Securities Regulation


Judicial and Legal Visitations

ALLEI participants visit state and federal courts and major American Law firms in Delaware, New York and Washington DC, where they have the opportunities to meet American colleagues and make professional contacts.


Cultural Program and Activities

ALLEI trip to the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE

ALLEI trip to the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE, 2014

ALLEI offers a full calendar of cultural and recreational trips, such as day trips to historic Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, and the Amish country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and weekend excursions to Atlantic City’s casinos, the Delaware beaches or Pennsylvania ski resorts, depending on the season. Professional visits include an overnight trip Washington, DC.


Housing and Dining

Program participants are housed on or near campus in resident halls, homestay families, or nearby hotels. Each housing type contains access to a kitchen and/or is conveniently located near restaurants and cafes off and on campus.


ALLEI Groups

If you have a group of at least 12 people who are interested in participating in ALLEI, then the ELI may be able to arrange for a special session of the ALLEI program for your group. We will be happy to design a program tailored to meet the needs of your participants.


ALLEI Calendar

ALLEI is typically offered every July. The next ALLEI session will take place on the following dates:

  • July 10 – August 4, 2017

For groups who are interested in ALLEI for January 2017, please contact Baerbel Schumacher at: by no later than November 18th, 2016.


Item 2016 – 2017
Tuition US$ 3,856
Room and food (estimate) 1,300
Health clinic and insurance 205
Books (estimate) 150
Application fee 100
Express mail fee 35
Total estimated fees US$ 5,646


Special Notes:

  • Prices are in US dollars.
  • Prices are subject to change without notice.


Admissions requirements

ALLEI participants must be legal professionals (lawyers, judges, paralegal, etc.) or law students with at least one year of law school completed.

In addition, ALLEI participants must have at least a high intermediate level of English. No TOEFL or placement test is necessary; instead, if an ALLEI participant does not have sufficiently strong English skills to participate in this program, the ELI reserves the right to place the participant in the Intensive English Program, instead, where he/she can improve his/her English skills. The participant will always be welcome to return to Delaware for a future ALLEI program.

If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact


Apply for ALLEI

Applying for ALLEI is easy! Simply submit our simple application form. Then send us copies of your passport and a bank statement. The application process takes 1-2 business days. Click here to apply for ALLEI.


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