Summer Language and Law Institute

Our Curriculum

The Summer Language and Law Institute emphasizes the reading, analysis, research and writing skills you will need to participate in legal discourse. The institute broadens and polishes your English communication skills, while introducing you to American common law practice.

We practice conversation and comprehension skills and become familiar with American classroom dynamics, including the Socratic method. Participating students get a head start in undertaking any U.S. legal studies program and develop confidence as legal professionals to interact with U.S. attorneys.

At the end of the four-week program, you will receive a certificate of completion and a grade of credit (CR) or no credit (No Credit) on your transcript. We issue I-20 documents for the summer program.

A Global Reach

Enrollment is open to foreign legal professionals and foreign-educated law students. In recent years, about 50 students have participated each summer. Students from China, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam enrolled this past summer. Prospective LLM, SJD, or JD students enroll in preparation for their respective programs. In some cases, completion of the institute is a requirement for admission to the LLM program at Case Western Reserve.

Schedule & Tuition

Classes start the second week of July and end during the first week in August.

Instruction is scheduled Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. - noon for total of 120 contact hours. All classes are held at our law school.

During your stay, you'll get to know Cleveland and its surrounding neighborhoods. We organize trips to AsiaTown, the observation deck of Terminal Tower, Westside Market, free weekly outdoor concerts, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cedar Point Amusement Park and a Cleveland Indians baseball game.

Tuition is $2,800.00.

Medical Insurance

Participants are required to have medical insurance. Coverage is available through the Case Western Reserve University for about $150. Participants with other medical insurance coverage can waive the university insurance plan.

Living Arrangements

Food and housing are not included in the tuition fee. You may arrange for on-campus Summer Guest Housing. The dormitories in the North Residential Village or the Village at 115 are within a 10-minute walk of the law school. Costs vary for a shared or private bedroom along a corridor and a shared or private apartment with kitchenette. A grocery store and numerous restaurants are within a short walk of the dormitories.


  1. Apply by April 15. Email application and transcripts to
  2. Make a $500 enrollment deposit (deducted from your $2800 tuition) by May 1.

We issue I-20's for students who attend only Language and Law, and for students who attend Language and Law prior to starting an LLM or JD degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.


For more information contact Liz Woyczynski, Administrative Director of Admissions and Students Services, Foreign Graduate Legal Studies at, 216.368.2083 (phone) or liz.woyczynski (Skype).