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Summer Law Programs


Delaware Law School invites applicants to its 2018 Summer Law Programs for U.S. and foreign-trained law students and practitioners. Offered through the Graduate, International, Compliance, and Legal Studies department, our three-week immersion programs offer an introduction to the U.S. legal system and various current topics in U.S. Corporate Law. Participants receive an educational and cultural experience in the “Corporate Capital of the U.S.” Attendees gain a strong foundation in U.S. legal concepts.

Download the 2018 Summer Programs Brochure (pdf)

Download the 2018 Summer Programs One-Sheet Summary (pdf)

Excursions included in the program:

• Washington, D.C. 

• National Constitution Center and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

• United Nations in New York City

These programs qualify for academic credit and/or a certificate upon successful completion. Participants are eligible to take multiple programs at a special rate.

Choose from our five programs during two sessions:

Legal English for Foreign-Trained Attorneys
June 4-7, 2018

Delaware Law School offers foreign-trained lawyers and students entering our summer law programs the opportunity to attend a one-week Legal English course. This one-week intensive program will include legal reading and analysis, legal vocabulary, legal writing, plus study tips. Credit hours are not offered for this program. This is only an enrichment course, therefore course credit is not offered for this program and completion of the program cannot be used towards any degree program.

Register to Attend Legal English Here

Session I: June 4 – June 25, 2018

Advanced Concepts in Corporate & Business Law (morning session)

This course explores cutting-edge concepts of fiduciary standards of review and standards of conduct arising under the leading Delaware corporate cases in this area, as well as the litigation process. 

Human Dignity Rights (afternoon session)

This program will explore the principal themes of international human rights law, including both established and emerging rights, by considering the theoretical basis for human rights and their implementation in international tribunals and in domestic constitutional law. The final assessment will be a research paper on a topic of the students' choice. 

Environmental Rights (morning session)

This program will examine the evolution and implementation of international, regional, and domestic legal means for advancing a human right to a healthy environment, including a stable climate. This includes the constitutional incorporation of environmental rights, responsibilities, remedies, and procedures; decisions by national courts and human rights commissions; and, the potential for an International Covenant on the Environment. The final assessment will be a research paper on a topic of the students' choice. 

Session II: July 9 - July 30, 2018

The U.S. Legal System (morning session)

This is an introductory course which seeks to provide an understanding of the U.S. government and legal system, as well as the basic principles of American law. Through the exploration of cases relating to various legal areas including contracts, torts, property, criminal law and procedure, civil procedure, business law, and family law, and, students will be exposed to the basic tenants of the American legal system. 

Anti-Corruption Law (U.S. and International) (afternoon session)

This course provides an overview of the U.S. anti-corruption laws and a comparison with international anti-corruption laws and policies.  Topics include the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K. Bribery Act, compliance and ethics programs for fraud prevention, and will explore the current and potential future state of anti-corruption laws under the new U.S. presidential administration.

Session III: July 29 to August 19, 2018

U.S. Constitutional Law (morning session)

This course introduces the United States Constitution as a source of law, largely through the decisions of the United States Supreme Court, from the founding to the present. Students will be given an overview of the various approaches to constitutional interpretation used by the Supreme Court, as well as the role of the courts in a constitutional democracy, and substantive due process. Topics may include judicial review, federalism, congressional power, executive power, due process, equal protection, and freedom of expression.

International Money Laundering and Corruption (afternoon session)

This course introduces students to the international and domestic laws enacted to thwart money laundering and corruption. An overview of anti-money laundering strategies aimed at attacking criminals through their financial activities and using financial trails to identify the various components of criminal networks will be provided.

*Widener reserves the right to cancel any class with insufficient enrollment.


$500 for Legal English only

$4,500 flat rate for one program (2 credits) or certificate of completion; two programs for $6,500; three programs for $8,500; four programs for $10,500.  Students may take multiple programs simultaneously. 

Cost Includes: Housing, transportation to excursions, and tuition. Every student will be required to obtain the mandatory Widener University health insurance at their own expense.

Groups of 8 or more: $4,000 one program; $6,000 two programs; $8,000 three programs; $10,000 four programs.

Visa Information: Attendees are responsible for obtaining the necessary travel documents. Please contact our International Student Services office for assistance via email at [email protected].

Contact:For more information, please contact the Graduate, International, Compliance, and Legal Studies office.

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