Summer Classes for Incoming Students
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 satisfy the requirements for a specialized certificate in addition to the LL.M. degree requirements during the academic year.
Enrollment in the LL.M. Summer Experience is open only to incoming Georgetown LL.M. students whose first law degree is from outside the United States.
The first component is the three-week course on "Foundations of American Law and Legal Education." Generations of LL.M. students fondly recall their summer Foundations class, their introduction to the basics of American law and to the special dynamics of the U.S. legal classroom. Students learn about the U.S. court system, common law reasoning, and contemporary legal issues in the United States. This course typically covers constitutional law, federal court procedure, corporations, contracts, and criminal law.
Attendance at Foundations is required for the second portion
of the Summer Experience, during which students choose between a course on
Professional Responsibility that satisfies the
New York bar requirement and an enrichment seminar on intensive legal English.