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2 weeks of intensive training in legal English, U.S. law, international arbitration and transnational litigation from the U.S. perspective for advanced English speakers

July 31 – Aug.11 (Summer course)
and Dec 11 – 22 (Winter course), 2017

This two-week long non-degree course is aimed at law students, lawyers and other legal professionals from outside the U.S. seeking to become more competitive in an increasingly globalized and competitive legal environment.

ADVANCED is conducted twice a year (July 31-Aug 11 / Dec 11-22) at FIU LAW.

ADVANCED allows students to hone their language skills in legal English, and gain in-depth knowledge on key practical aspects of transnational and comparative law from the perspective of the United States.

ADVANCED is divided into two modules. The first module, Advanced Legal English (ALE) covers fundamentals in legal writing, oral advocacy, legal analysis, and legal research skills. The second module, Fundamentals of Transnational Law (FTL) includes important topics such as introduction to American law, international arbitration and transnational litigation from the perspective of the United States.

ADVANCED also offers essential pedagogical techniques, legal English skills, and fundamental concepts of U.S. law in both its domestic and transnational dimensions; needed by foreign students to take full advantage and excel in the American law school environment.

2 semanas de inmersión en inglés jurídico, derecho estadounidense, arbitraje internacional y litigios transnacionales desde la perspectiva de Estados Unidos

Nuestro programa intensivo de 2 semanas “ADVANCED Intensive Training in Legal English, U.S. Law, International Arbitration & Transnational Litigation,” está especialmente diseñado para Abogados y estudiantes de Derecho interesados en adquirir las habilidades y destrezas en inglés legal requeridas en el campo profesional y académico.

ADVANCED es Ideal para quienes deseen hacerse más competitivos de manera inmediata o que aspiran postularse a estudios de postgrado o pregrado en Estados Unidos.

ADVANCED combina herramientas esenciales de inglés jurídico avanzado con una introducción al sistema jurídico estadounidense, litigio transnacional y arbitraje internacional

ADVANCED se divide en dos módulos. El primero versa sobre Inglés Jurídico Avanzado (ALE, en Inglés) comprende una serie de técnicas y habilidades para la redacción jurídica en Inglés, herramientas de análisis jurídico, la terminología jurídica empleada en Estados Unidos y herramientas de investigación jurídica. El segundo módulo, dedicado a los Fundamentos de Derecho Transnacional (FTL, en inglés),

comprende una introducción al Derecho estadounidense, además de conocimientos básicos sobre arbitraje internacional y litigio transnacional desde la perspectiva de los Estados Unidos.

ADVANCED se imparte dos veces al año (31 de Julio al 11 de Agosto / 11-22 Diciembre), en nuestra Faculta de Derecho de FIU.




  • Foundations of American law, bilingual legalism, American legal vocabulary and scientific terminology (legalese).
  • Sources of American Law.
  • Principles and techniques for effective legal writing in English.
  • Principles for legal drafting. Practicum.
  • Principles for persuasive writing. Practicum.
  • Principles for document design.
  • Academic legal research in the U.S. and basic terminology.
  • Legal Data bases. Electronic and digital tools for legal research in the U.S.
  • Legal research in the U.S. Legal citation and references.
  • Fundamentals of the American adversarial system.
  • Civil procedure and its legal terminology in the U.S.
  • The preparation and conduct of a civil trial (initial investigation, drafting and service of pleadings, preliminary motions, discovery, summary motions, pretrial conference, jury selection, trial, jury instruction, verdict and judgement, post-trial motions, appeal, execution, settlements and alternative dispute resolution).
  • Criminal procedure and its legal terminology in the U.S. Arraignment, bail, plea bargaining, indictment.
  • The legal dimension of commerce in the U.S.
  • Basic principles of American contract law and its terminology.
  • Practicum: Plain and effective drafting of contracts.
  • Practicum: Briefing a case, the interpretation of statutes, and the common law method.


Introduction to American law:

  • Fundamental institutions.
  • The Judicial branch and the role of the judges.
  • Distinctive features of the American legal system. The doctrine of precedent (stare decisis).

International transactions and contracts from the U.S. perspective:

  • Basic principles of contract law in the U.S. International contracts (conclusion, execution and interpretation). Practicum.

 International and complex litigation in the U.S:

  • Principles of international and cross-border dispute resolution.
  • Complex litigation. Class actions. Multiple jurisdiction, coordination and consolidation.
  • Practical analysis on foreign plaintiff/U.S. defendant cases, choice of forum and the doctrine of forum non conveniens.
  • International judicial cooperation for evidence-taking and to enforce judgements.
  • Practicum: Drafting and filing a §1782 application before a U.S. federal court for use in a foreign o international tribunal. A legitimate evidence-taking tool for international lawyers.
  • Third party funding in civil litigation.

International Commercial Arbitration from the U.S. perspective:

  • Basic principles of international commercial arbitration.
  • Legal framework for international and domestic arbitration.
  • Arbitration agreements: formation, validity and enforceability.
  •  Practicum: Drafting an effective arbitration agreement.
  • Practicum: Drafting a motion to compel arbitration agreements before a federal judge in the U.S.
  • Parties and their representation.
  • Arbitrators. Conflicts of interest. Independence and impartiality and other issues.
  • Arbitral institutions.
  • Procedural issues.
  • Interim measures.
  • Judicial cooperation.
  • Evidence-Taking.
  • International Awards: recognition, enforcement and annulment.

Admission, Tuition & Other Information

  • Admission: Registrants with an intermediate level of English equivalent to at least 70 points in the IBT (Internet Based TOEFL), 530 PBT (Paper based TOEFL) or 6.5 IELTS will be admitted. Other participants able to proof the level of English proficiency needed to succeed in this course will be also admitted.
  • Goal: To improve legal English skills + knowledge on fundamental legal subject matters from the U.S. perspective.
  • Placement: FIU College of Law.
  • Duration and schedule: 2 weeks. Lectures and practical session will be held from Monday to Friday (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) One-hour lunch break at 12 p.m. and two 30-minute break at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Dates: July 31 – Aug.11 (Summer course) and Dec 11 – 22 (Winter course), 2017
  • Tuition: $ 2,350 (foreign-trained lawyers) and $ 1,950 full-time law students (from outside of the U.S.).
  • Special factor: satisfactory completion of this non-degree course will be considered as a relevant attribute for prospective applicants to both the LLM and JD with advanced standing programs at the FIU College of Law (COL). Its Admission Committee will pay special attention to applicants who has successfully completed this course; however the COL will not guarantee admission toward the LLM or the JD with advanced standing program. Admission to those programs will not be granted on the satisfactory completion of this course basis alone. Admission to the COL – in any of its programs- is a very competitive process in which its Committee makes a thorough assessment on candidates’ applications.
  • Special benefit: after satisfactory completion of this course, participants will be exonerated from both the LLM application fee ($30) and the LLM Seat Deposit ($200).
  • U.S. Visa: Participants are allowed to register in this non-degree course by holding a B1/B2 U.S. Visa (Visa for tourism.) This advanced legal course does not require Visa F1. (Student Visa). For those applying for or renewing a U.S Visa B1/B2, the FIU College of Law will issue a letter to certify their registration in the course.
  • Diploma: after satisfactory completion of this non-degree course, students will receive a Diploma issued by the FIU College of Law.       

Frequently Asked Questions

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Academic coordination:

Prof. Gilberto A. Guerrero-Rocca
(JSM, Stanford Law School. WDA Legal.
International Legal Program Manager, FIU College of Law).

More information:

International & Graduate Studies
11200 SW 8 Street RDB 2073
Miami, FL 33199;
Teléfono: + 1 (305) 348-75.95