American Law and Legal English Institute
Learn more about the American Legal system and improve your Legal English communication skills!
This course lasts one month and is an excellent opportunity for professional development.
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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.
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 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
- Computerized legal research
- Contract and case analysis
- Legal vocabulary and writing
- Oral Advocacy
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
- American & Multinational Corporations
- American Criminal Justice
- Banking and Insurance
- Product Liability and Personal Injury
- Alternate Dispute Resolution
- Securities Regulation
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.
ALLEI offers a full calendar of cultural and recreational trips, such as day trips to historic Philadelphia, 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 overnight trips to New York City and Washington, DC.
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.
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 is typically offered twice per year, in January and in July. To see exact dates and prices, click here.
Applying for ALLEI is easy! Simply download and 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.