Foundations of US Law & Practice

Foundations of US Law & Practice

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

  • Integrated with the Insights: US Law Program, our 8-day Foundations Program builds on the study and practice of law in the US at a premier law school located in greater Boston
  • 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

Contact the Director

Susan Simone Kang
Director, International Programs

2021 Program Dates & Details TBA



Small-group sessions focus on legal problem solving in both civil and criminal contexts. In past years, 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: $3,000. The fee includes:

    • All sessions, books, and materials for the program
    • Select educational and cultural events
    • 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. Participants who are LLM candidates will require an F-1 visa for entry into the US.

    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.

    We recommend a variety of options for housing in the Chestnut Hill/Brighton area. Please contact us for housing questions.



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

    For admitted applicants, final payment of program and housing fees is due by June 5. You will receive instructions for payment via a secure online system after you are admitted to the Summer Institute.

    Please fill out our inquiry form below, and we will be in contact with you.