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 of Delaware, 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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Housing Options

The ELI offers several housing options to students. Students can live with American families, in apartments, or in our Global Community. The housing options available to students depend on their program (because some programs have specific housing requirements). The ELI even offers housing to students who are traveling with their family!

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Meal Options

There are several dining options for ELI students. Some students buy a university meal plan, while others will eat with their homestay families. Some students choose not to buy a meal plan and will instead cook their meals or purchase them in many cafes in the Newark area.

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For groups who are interested in ALLEI, please contact Baerbel Schumacher at:

Students with Families

The ELI has special web pages with information to help students who are bringing their husband, wife, or children with them to Delaware. Learn more about day care options, helpful stores, schools, and more.

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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.

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ALLEI Courses

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ALLEI professor, 2014

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

  • American Law Courses
  • Legal English and Communication Courses
  • Legal Seminars and Workshops
  • Judicial and Legal Visitations

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

  • 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, D.C., where they have the opportunities to meet American colleagues and make professional contacts.


ALLEI Calendar

ALLEI is typically offered every July. We must have at least 5 people interested in participating in ALLEI to run the program.

The next ALLEI session will take place on the following dates:

  • July 8 – August 2, 2019


Program Dates



Academic Year 2018-2019

Item Price
Tuition US$ 3,952
Room and food (estimate) 1,300
Health clinic and insurance 205
Books (estimate) 150
Application fee 100
Express mail fee (if needed) 35
Total estimated fees US$ 5,742


Academic Year 2019-2020

Item Price
Tuition US$ 4,051
Room and food (estimate) 1,300
Health clinic and insurance 205
Books (estimate) 150
Total estimated fees US$ 5,706


Special Notes:

  • Prices are in US dollars and are subject to change without notice.
  • Academic Year 2018-2019 prices are valid until August 15, 2019.
  • Academic Year 2019-2020 prices are valid until August 21, 2020.
  • An express mail fee of $35 will be charged if any documentation must be sent to the program participant.

Cultural Programs and Activities

In addition to your studies, the ELI organizes cultural events, trips, and activities so that you can make the most of your experience at the University of Delaware.

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 to Washington, D.C.

Housing and Dining

Housing and Dining

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

There are several dining options for ELI students. Some students buy a university meal plan, while others will eat with their homestay families. Some students choose not to buy a meal plan and will instead cook their meals or purchase them in many cafes in the Newark area.

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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.

For groups who are interested in ALLEI, please contact Baerbel Schumacher at:


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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.

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