The Legal Advantage Program
An Introduction to the Study of American Law (Law 250)
During the summer, William & Mary Law School offers a dynamic and popular course called Legal Advantage Program. This program is open to all students admitted to our LL.M. in American Legal studies. Program and is a superb introduction for students and lawyers educated abroad who want to be well prepared for the rigorous demands of LL.M. study.
The Legal Advantage program generally runs from mid-July to mid-August. It has been designed to provide international students with an excellent introduction to their legal studies and assist them with improvement of their English speaking, listening, comprehension and writing skills. It also offers students the opportunity to come to Williamsburg before the beginning of the semester and to adjust to the American culture.
The program includes an introduction to the study of American law familiarizing students to American legal concepts and institutions. Students learn the common law method and case analysis through coursework in substantive areas of U.S. law. The course emphasizes critical reading, and effective speaking and writing in English. It also place emphasis on legal communication to increase students’ fluency and confidence in the classroom.
Students who successfully complete the pass/fail Legal Advantage Program will earn 3 credit hours towards the New York Bar Examination's requirement for coursework in American Legal Studies. For William & Mary LL.M. students, these credit hours will also count toward their degree requirements.
The estimated cost for participation in the Legal Advantage Program is:
- Tuition: $3,900**
- Registration fee: $55**
- Housing in the Graduate Student Complex (air conditioned with cooking facilities) - $ 35** per day (estimate)
- Health Insurance - $400 (for July 2022 coverage)**
**These are estimated costs and those who enroll in this program will be notified of the actual charges when they become available.
How to apply
If you are interested in participating in this exciting program, please complete and submit the application by May 1. Our LL.M. alumni highly recommend that international students from countries governed by civil law take the Legal Advantage Program.
The deadline to enroll is May 1.
* This course is held subject to a minimum number of attendees.