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The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Foundations of U.S. Law & Practice - Summer Program
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Foundations of U.S. Law & Practice - Summer Program

Columbus, USA

1 Weeks


Full time

02 May 2025*

Jun 2025

USD 2,100 **


* Deadline to register for this program is May 1, 2025

** 3-week option: $2100 - 1-week option: $1000/week


Are you interested in improving your profile through enhanced legal English and knowledge of the U.S. legal systems, dispute resolution, business and corporate law? In building the confidence and lawyering skills that employers are looking for? In learning from Moritz College of Law’s faculty experts as well as judges and practitioners working at federal courts and global law firms in Columbus?

The Foundations of U.S. Law & Practice program is designed to provide you with these advantages. Success begins with you!

This is a non-degree, non-credit bearing program; participants do not receive course credit or a degree. There is no final exam; participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for any or all of the weeks in which they participate.

Dates of the summer Foundations program: June 10-28, 2024

  • Week 1: June 10-14 (Foundations of U.S. Law)
  • Week 2: June 17-21 (Dispute Resolution)
  • Week 3: June 24-28(Business and Corporate Law)

Participants may choose to register for all of three weeks or for an individual week.

What will you learn?

During 3 weeks, you will learn:

  • Foundation of U.S legal systems, legal research and writing, and English for lawyers.
  • Key legal concepts in the fields of dispute resolution, business law, and corporate law.
  • Practical skills such as issue spotting, negotiation, client advice, legal document drafting, and dispute resolution skills.

Who should attend?

  • International lawyers, judges, prosecutors and other legal professionals: this group participates in the program to deepen their expertise and expand their networks.
  • International law students partcipate to gain first-hand experience with law school teaching style and culture; and earn a certificate that add credentials to their student profiles.
  • LLM prospective students will experience Master-style classes, and gain advanced preparation for their LLM studies in the future through this program.

Benefits of the summer Foundations program

  • Gain broad exposure to the basic legal principles of U.S. law, international law and transnational law, as well as to the U.S. legal profession within just 3 weeks.
  • Earn a certificate: You will receive a certificate of completion for each week you attend to share with prospective employers and your professional network.
  • Flexibility: You can choose to study for 1 week, 2 weeks, or all 3 weeks. In offering a flexible program, we cater to your interest in focusing on a specialized topic or in gaining knowledge in various topics at the same time.
  • Set yourself up for success: With the knowledge and lawyering skills you gain from this program, you will be able to demonstrate to employers that you’re growth-driven, hardworking, and have valuable skills to offer.
  • Gain hands-on experience: Throughout the program, you will develop insights into how to think and work like an American lawyer, by directly learning from and interacting with Moritz faculty experts, federal and state judges, and practicing attorneys at law firms in Columbus.

Where will the program take place?

The program is held at the Moritz College of Law located in Columbus, the state capital of Ohio. The city boasts a vibrant city life and is home to the Ohio Supreme Court, Government, and Legislature. Explore Columbus here.

Who will you interact with? Expand your professional and personal networks with our program!

  • Full-time and adjunct faculty members at the Moritz College of Law, including leading experts in the area of their teaching, federal judges, and attorneys from Columbus law firms.
  • Participants from all over the world, from recent law graduates to working professionals with legal experience.

Visa Information

The Moritz College of Law Summer Program can provide the participants with an invitation letter for the purpose of applying for the B-2 visa, which allows visitors to enter the U.S. to enroll in a short recreational or avocational course of study, not for credit toward a degree. Please review more information about the B-2 visa category here:

Housing Information

1. On-campus housing options for summer program participants are guaranteed. We have reserved spots for all program participants.

  • Single room (with a private bathroom inside the room & a shared kitchen on the floor), or a shared 2-bedroom flat (you will have your own bedroom but share a kitchen and bathroom inside the flat): $50/night.
  • If you are not interested in sharing a space, you can pay for the whole flat at the cost of $100/night.
  • The applicable rates only include beds and furniture. Guests have to bring their own towels, washcloths, linens, pillow, and toiletries. There are washing machines and dryers in the basement of each building where your room or flat is located.
  • Shared kitchens are fully equipped with cooking stoves, fridges, dishwashers, where you can cook, wash dishes and utensils, and store food. Guests may need to buy their own cooking utensils, cutlery, and plates.
  • Link to book on-campus housing will be made available early May.

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