LL.M. Summer Experience
The LL.M. Summer Experience is an intensive summer learning opportunity for incoming foreign-educated LL.M. students. Its three separate components are designed to make it easier for students new to the U.S. and to our legal education system to become comfortable in the American law school environment, while at the same time allowing them to enroll in courses that count toward the LL.M. This "early start" is optional, but it is especially helpful to those students planning to sit for the New York Bar exam after graduation, and those hoping to meet the LL.M. degree requirements along with a specialized certificate during the academic year. Enrollment in the LL.M. Summer Experience is open only to incoming Georgetown LLM students whose first law degree is from outside the United States.
The Components of the Summer Experience
- Foundations of American Law is a course that introduces students to the U.S. legal system, common law reasoning, and contemporary legal issues in the United States. It will be held from July 5 to July 27. Students will earn 2 credits for this course, which they can apply toward their LL.M. degree. This course will also satisfy the New York Bar's requirement for two credits in a course on American legal studies.
From July 29 to August 20, two courses will be offered, of which students can choose one.
- Professional Responsibility in the United States is a 2-credit course that is required by the New York Bar.
- Intensive Legal English is a non-credit enrichment course that helps students adjust to the English-speaking classroom environment and English in a legal context. (Students who wish to take the New York bar who enroll in Intensive Legal English during the summer will have another opportunity to take Professional Responsibility in spring semester 2016.)
Students may opt to enroll in Foundations only, or Foundations plus either Professional Responsibility or Intensive Legal English. Foundations of American Law is a pre-requisite for both Professional Responsibility and Intensive Legal English.
The tuition charge for the Summer Experience is $3,750. This fee covers up to 4 credits: Foundations of American Law plus either Professional Responsibility or Intensive Legal English. (A student may opt to take only Foundations, but the flat fee is unchanged.) This fee does not include housing and living expenses. During the Foundations course, students will be able to secure on-campus housing in the Gewirz Student Residence for approximately $1500. The tuition and housing payments are due by July 6, 2015.
2015 Summer Experience Calendar
July 5-27: Foundations of American Law
July 29-Aug. 20: Professional Responsibility (PR) or Intensive Legal English
LL.M. Orientation for all incoming LL.M. students begins Monday, August 24.
Summer Experience Registration: Instructions available here.
Summer Experience Housing Requests: Housing registration instructions are available here.