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Legal English And Foundations (First Base) 4 Weeks of Intensive Pre-LLM. John Haberstroh Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, English as a Second Language Coordinator Northwestern University School of Law. Northwestern University School of Law

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legal english and foundations first base 4 weeks of intensive pre llm

Legal English And Foundations (First Base)4 Weeks of Intensive Pre-LLM

John Haberstroh

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law,

English as a Second Language Coordinator

Northwestern University School of Law

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Northwestern University School of Law
  • 1 in 8 students is a non-native speaker of English.
  • 125+ LLM, LLM Human Rights, & LLM-Kellogg students.
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LEAF: Why?

East Asian students’ inadequate skills:

  • Speaking (Discussion)
  • Listening
  • Writing/Grammar
  • Vocabulary/Reading a little stronger
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LEAF Content
  • 40% Pre-LLM ‘Writing & Rhetoric’
  • 60% ‘Reading & Discussion’
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Writing & Rhetoric
  • Avoid substantive overlap with existing LLM writing course.
  • Incorporate advanced ESL methodology and curriculum.
  • Communicative: maximize small group tasks and discussion.
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Reading & Discussion, Purposes

1. Catch up other 3 skills to reading skill.

2. Establish ‘habits’ that maximize language learning during school year.

3. Push forward with reading skill.

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Reading & Discussion, Features

1. Motivated legal and advanced English reading, speaking & listening in small group task settings.

2. Legal and advanced English vocabulary: the 500; many opportunities.

3. Reading comprehension with authentic, well-written legal academic texts.

4. Provide 1L knowledge needed for law school language community.

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Reading & Discussion Content

1L doctrine!

  • Introduction to U.S. Law
  • Torts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Legal Ethics
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Law
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1L Content = Excellent Motivation
  • Why?
  • Instrumental motivation
  • Integrative motivation (!)
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What have we learned?

1. Less reading homework.

2. Law professors only.

3. Finish day early.

4. Class starter: 20-25 minute lecture.

5. Comparative law, not so much.

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What have we learned?

6. It works!

7. It integrates international students.