Foundations of US Law & Practice

Our Summer Institute offers international law students, legal educators, and legal professionals:

  • An introduction to the study and practice of law in the US at a premier law school located in greater Boston, in a program limited to 30 participants
  • Opportunity to improve legal English skills through reading and analyzing US legal materials—and discussing, presenting, and writing in English under the direction of a BC Law faculty member in a personalized small-group setting
  • Opportunity to meet and work closely with BC Law professors and, for entering LLM students, to gain skills to enhance academic success in the LLM program

The Foundations curriculum includes:

  • Daily intensive small-group (approximately 10-participant) sessions with BC Law faculty on legal reasoning and communication, including oral and written projects
  • Interactive sessions and workshops led by BC law faculty on substantive areas of their expertise
  • Opportunity to participate in simulations, including a full-day trial practice workshop led by a judge and a prosecutor who regularly teach courses at BC Law
  • Workshop led by a judge and a prosecutor who regularly teach courses at BC Law School
  • Visits to courts and law offices and conversations with judges and practicing lawyers 
  • Cultural events such as a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts or the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a “Duck” tour of Boston, and a tour of Cambridge

No academic credit is given by Boston College Law School for participation in the program. Academic credit, if any, must be arranged by the participant with his or her home institution.

Small-group sessions focus on legal problem solving in both civil and criminal contexts. In 2017, topics in large-group sessions included:

  • US Legal System
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Litigation Overview
  • Contract Law
  • Corporate Practice
  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Consumer Financial Protection
  • Family Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Introduction to Experiential Learning
  • Introduction to the Study of Law in the U.S.
  • Legal Profession & Legal Ethics
  • Negotiation
  • Role of the State Attorney General
  • Property Law
  • Tax Law
  • Tort Law

Program fee TBD. The fee will include:

  • All sessions, books, and materials for the program
  • Select educational and cultural outings
  • Lunch on most weekdays

Please note:

The program fee does not include housing, airfare, visa expenses, meals other than those listed, weekend activities, insurance, incidental expenses, or other items not listed.

Prior to the start of the Summer Institute, participants must submit verification that they have obtained medical insurance (typically via a travel insurance policy) to cover unforeseen medical expenses incurred while in the U.S.

Participants are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

Location and Housing

Most program sessions are at Boston College’s Chestnut Hill Campus, on the MBTA Green “B” line, which provides easy access to downtown Boston. Some sessions are at BC’s Newton Campus, 1.5 miles (approximately 2.5 km) from the Chestnut Hill Campus. Transportation between the two campuses is by free shuttle bus.

For the convenience of program participants, on-campus housing is recommended. Housing is available in a furnished dormitory on the Chestnut Hill campus. The fee for housing is not included in the program fee. The fee for housing for the 20 nights of the program (Sunday night July 15 through Saturday morning August 4) in dorm-style, double-occupancy rooms in suites with shared bathrooms is $1100.


The program is limited to 30 participants. We recommend that you submit your application no later than March 15, 2019.  Applications will be accepted until the program is fully subscribed.

For admitted applicants, final payment of program and housing fees is due by May 15, 2019. You will receive instructions for payment via a secure online system after you are admitted to the Summer Institute.

Application form coming soon