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Summer Law Programs


Delaware Law School invites applicants to its 2019 Summer Law Programs for U.S. and foreign-trained law students and practitioners. Offered through the Graduate, International, Compliance, and Legal Studies department, our four-week immersion programs offer an introduction to the U.S. legal system and various current topics in U.S. Corporate Law as well as exciting legal specialty areas such as Environmental, Human Rights, Anti-Corruption, Constitutional, and International Money Laundering 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.

Choose from our seven programs and three sessions
Sessions Program Options
May 28, 2019 to June 21, 2019 Advanced Concepts in Corporate Law
Human Rights
Environmental Human Rights
June 24, 2019 to July 19, 2019 Anti-Corruption Law
U.S. Legal System
July 22, 2019 to August 16, 2019 International Money Laundering & Corruption
U.S. Constitutional Law

Summer programs qualify for academic credit and/or a certificate upon successful completion. Each “course” is “one” program. Participants are eligible to take multiple programs at a special rate. Program class times are scheduled to avoid time conflicts, so students may take multiple programs in each session.

Course Descriptions
Sessions Description
May 28, 2019

June 21, 2019
Advanced Concepts in Corporate & Business Law
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
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 Human Rights
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. 
June 24, 2019
July 19, 2019
Anti-Corruption Law (U.S. and International)
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.
U.S. Legal System
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.
July 22, 2019
August 16, 2019
International Money Laundering and Corruption
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.
U.S. Constitutional Law
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.

Students may elect to also attend a special one-week program in Legal English.

Legal English for Foreign-Trained Attorneys
July 8, 2019 to July 11, 2019

Cost:  $500

Delaware Law School offers foreign-trained lawyers and students entering our summer law programs the opportunity to attend a one-week Legal English course. The Legal English course may also be taken independently of the summer programs. 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 an enrichment course, therefore course credit is not offered for this program and completion of the program cannot be used towards any future degree program.

Registration Deadline: June 17, 2019

Register to Attend Legal English

EXCURSIONS (included in fee):

Students in our summer law programs are not only immersed in specialty legal topics, but also immersed in the culture of nearby cities, law buildings, and fun attractions.  Delaware Law School provides transportation for a variety of excursions that may include:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • National Constitution Center and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • United Nations in New York City
  • Local courthouses
  • Social gatherings
Cost of Attendance
Program Fee Programs
(students may take multiple programs simultaneously)
$500 USD Legal English
$4,500 USD One program
(For example, Environmental Human Rights)
$6,500 USD Two programs
(For example, Environmental Human Rights and Human Dignity Rights)
$8,500 USD Three programs
(For example, Environmental Human Rights, Human Dignity Rights, and U.S. Legal System)
$10,500 USD Four programs
(For example, Environmental Human Rights, Human Dignity Rights, U.S. Legal System, and U.S. Constitutional Law)
Groups of 8 or more from one university qualify for a discounted program fee per person: $4,000 one program;
$6,000 two programs;
$8,000 three programs;
$10,000 four programs.

Program Fee Includes: Tuition, accommodations in residence hall, program orientation, transportation to excursions, activity fee, technology fee, welcome and farewell gatherings, and on-site advisor. 

Additional Costs:

  • Health Insurance. Every student is required to obtain the mandatory Widener University health insurance at their own expense (cost is approximately $100 USD).
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Visa fees (check with your local consulate to see which apply)
  • Cell phone rental/sim card/plans
  • Transfer from airport
  • Personal expenses

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: By email to [email protected] or by phone +1-302-477-2704.

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*Widener University reserves the right to cancel any class with insufficient enrollment. Please contact us before making flight reservations.

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