INTERNATIONAL LAW INSTITUTE- ORIENTATION IN THE US LEGAL SYSTEM- ACADEMIC PROGRAM  

This year’s Orientation academic program has been modified from previous years to focus on American law and legal methods for practicing lawyers and those interested in being exposed to the US legal practice in an academic setting.  American law is based on the Common Law tradition, an intricate system that uses and values sources of law in a different manner from that of the Civil Law tradition. ILI believes that learning the basics of Common Law gives strong competitive advantage to law students and foreign attorneys trained and practicing under the Civil Law. Understanding substantive differences between the two systems and learning new methods will ease the transition to studying or practicing law in the United States and internationally.  

Our program concentrates on both the legal methods and the major areas of substantive law that foreign lawyers are most likely to encounter when conducting business in the United States or with Americans abroad.  Furthermore, the program will cover the role of Common Law in international and supranational organizations such as the WTO, the EU, and other similar institutions. Focusing on the US legal system, we will illustrate how understanding Common Law legal methods is important for all lawyers working at or with any of these organizations.  

Below is a list of some topics covered in the program:The American Court System; Arbitration and American Courts: Enforcement; The American Court System: Civil Litigation and Jurisdiction of Courts; International Litigation: Extra-territorial Application of US Law; International Litigation: US Civil Procedure Abroad; Other Proceedings; Commercial Contracts; Negotiation of Contracts with American Lawyers; American Torts in the International Setting; Products Liability Law in the US Legal System; The US Insurance System and Its Impact on Business Claims; The American Regulatory System: Administrative Law; Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC, and Other Recent Legislation with International Effects on Corporations.  

Classes on US legal methods are conducted using the case method, the traditional teaching style of American law schools. This method emphasizes rigorous questioning of the student by the professor. Because the US system of law is based extensively on prior judicial decisions, substantive law is learned by reading cases, followed by detailed analysis. Classes on mastery of specific areas of practice are conducted in a mixture of styles appropriate to the material, including lecture, discussion, and simulations. Whether you are a foreign lawyer or law student dealing with corporate law, commercial law, administrative law or any aspect of law that deals with the common law or US law in general, this program will benefit you significantly. Tuition fee: $1700 (discount appplies, if attending more than one 2006 summer course.

TUITIONTuition fees include all mandatory texts, additional materials, and the cost of professional and social activities. All fee amounts are in US Dollars.  

Single Courses Introduction to Legal English (LE) (July 10 – July 21, 2006) $1600.00Orientation in the U.S. Legal System (OP) (July 24 – August 4, 2006) $1700.00 Workshop on Legal Research and Writing (W) (August 7 – August 11, 2006) $850.00 Course Combinations Introduction to Legal English and Orientation in the U.S. Legal System (LE+OP) (July 10 – August 4, 2006) $3000.00 Orientation in the U.S. Legal System and Workshop on Legal Research and Writing (OP+W) (July 24 – August 11, 2006) $2250.00 All three courses (LE+OP+W) (July 10- August 11, 2006) $3700.00  

Your seat in the course(s) will not be guaranteed if a tuition deposit is not received by the due date. Deposit fees are non-refundable. No tuition refunds will be issued if your course reservation is canceled less than one week prior to the first day of the course.  

Forms of PaymentThe tuition is payable to International Law Institute and can be made via wire transfer (bank draft), company check drawn on a U.S. bank, traveler’s checks, money order or cash. The ILI does not accept credit cards for tuition payments.  

Tuition Scholarship The International Law Institute will offer a limited number of tuition scholarships for the Orientation and legal English programs. To apply, write a short letter of 1-3 pages explaining how you believe the [specify the course] will help you and how a full or partial tuition scholarship will enable you to attend.  

You may supplement your letter with one or two letters of recommendation from faculty members or employers. Your application for scholarship should be received by the Institute by May 1, 2006.

HOUSINGHousing arrangements can be made through the Institute for the period in which you are attending a program. It is highly recommended that students reside in ILI-sponsored housing in order to benefit from both academic and social interchange with other students. The Institute will try to provide options either to occupy a single room or share a room with another participant. For a single room it is advisable that you set aside at least $945.00 per week; sharing a room will reduce that cost by about half. In addition, plan to spend approximately $30-50 per day for a modest standard of living.

Details on housing arrangements will be sent to applicants when their application forms have been received by the Institute. The International Law Institute can also assist students in finding alternative housing. ANLUS SUGGESTS TO RENT A ROOM TO SAVE COST.

VISASTo attend a course offered by the ILI this summer, visitors from many countries will need a visa. While the information compiled here is accurate to the best of our knowledge, ILI can accept no responsibility for interpretation or requirements of U.S. immigration law, rules, and regulations. We offer the following to assist you in the process of securing a visa but the U.S. Consulates are your first, best, and only definitive sources of such information and guidance particular to your circumstances. Please visit http://usembassy.state.gov/ to identify the appropriate consulate to contact.  

Below are guidelines for determining which visa type might apply to your circumstances.

  1. You will be attending a U.S. university for a graduate program directly after the course(s) this summer. You need a student visa (F-1) and must obtain an I-20 Form. The I-20 Form should be issued by the university you will be attending after the course(s) at ILI are completed. The ILI itself does not issue the I-20 Form. It may be that your university will need to extend the “start date” of its program to accommodate your attendance of the ILI course(s). Please contact your university in order to determine, if the “start date” needs to be extended.

If for whatever reason your university will not fulfill your request, ILI will work with that university to extend the start date for you. Please contact Kevin Paquette, 1055 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007, telephone: (202) 247-6006, fax: (202)-247-6010, email: kpaquette@ili.org and provide the name of the university, program, and the individual with whom you have spoken.

  1. You will not be attending a U.S. university upon completion of the ILI courses, and one of the following applies.
  • You are attending “Introduction to Legal English” only or “Workshop on Legal Research and Writing” only. You need a tourist visa (B-2). If you enroll in “Introduction to Legal English” or “Workshop on Legal Research and Writing” courses but do not take the “Orientation in the U.S. Legal System” program, you will need a tourist visa (B-2) and not a student visa (F-1) or an exchange visa (J-1) because unlike “Orientation”, the “Introduction to Legal English and the “Workshop on Legal Research and Writing” courses do not fall under the description of “course of study” as described in the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). An acceptance letter from the ILI should be sufficient documentation to supplement your Tourist Visa application.

  •  You are attending the “Orientation in the U.S. Legal System” program alone or in combination with other ILI courses. You may need to apply for an exchange visa (J-1) and will need a DS-2019 Form. First, consult the appropriate U.S. Consulate to confirm that you need a J-1 visa and that a DS-2019 Form is required to apply for that visa. If this is the case, please inform us and provide the ILI with the following information so that we may issue you a DS-2019 Form:

Date, City, and Country of Birth Country of Citizenship Country of Legal Permanent Residence Employment Position (title and short description), or “student” if not employed.  

Please note that the International Law Institute issues DS-2019 Forms under the Training Category and not under the Student Category. If you are planning on continuing on to an LL.M program or to another training program after completing the ILI courses, we advise that you inform your university or organization before we issue you a DS-2019 Form.

Contact ANLUS for details.