Summer Program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundations of U.S. Law & Practice Summer Program has been canceled for summer 2021. Updates on the summer 2022 program will be posted as soon as they are available. 

The Foundations of U.S. Law & Practice Summer Program (Foundations) is designed to provide individuals who have studied, or are currently studying, law outside of the U.S. with a broad exposure to major concepts in U.S. law and American legal training. Foundations is a wonderful resource for incoming Moritz LL.M. students to gain hands-on preparation for their master’s studies, as well as practicing attorneys, judges, business law professionals, and those preparing to join any LL.M. program in a U.S. law school.


Legislative System Outing: Program participants entering the Ohio Statehouse for a tour.

Curriculum - Foundations

Foundations of U.S. Law & Practice is a full-time, three-week intensive program held in the summer. Through approximately 70 hours of instruction, participants are enriched academically and culturally through four intertwined modules: 1.) A survey of legal English and U.S. law school culture; 2.) Exposure to the foundations of U.S. law and the legal system; 3.) An overview of U.S. corporate law and practice; and 4.) Practical, hands-on lawyering skills development.

Modules & Topics Covered in 2019

View the PDF version: 2019 Calendar

Instructional Format

U.S. law school-style lectures will be delivered by some of the Moritz College of Law’s leading scholars in these areas. Hands-on, interactive workshops are also incorporated into the curriculum. All classes will be held between 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m each day, and outings and social gatherings may be held in the evening. Registrants do not receive course credit or a degree. However, certificates of completion are issued by the Office of International and Graduate Affairs at the end of the program.

Single-Week Option: “Foundations of U.S. Corporate Law & Practice”

Learning Module Number 3, “Foundations of U.S. Corporate Law & Practice”, will be offered as a stand-alone week-long enrollment option. This may be ideal for individuals who face time constraints and cannot commit to the three-week Foundations session, such as those who are working full-time or returning to their home schools to complete LL.B. studies. Many students and employed professionals would benefit from instruction on U.S. and international commercial law and ADR. Those who are interested in the “Foundations of U.S. Corporate Law & Practice” module will use the same application as Foundations applicants. There is a checkbox option for the single-week enrollment choice.


Lecture and workshop sessions are held in Drinko Hall at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in Columbus, Ohio – the nation’s 14th largest city and 3rd largest capital city. Drinko Hall houses a three-floor law library that provides ample room for individual and group study. The entire campus of The Ohio State University is fully equipped with wireless internet access and is conveniently located near many of Columbus’ key attractions including the Ohio Statehouse, the Short North Arts District, the Arena District, Huntington Park, and the Franklin Park Conservatory. Being the 3rd largest university in the United States, Ohio State boasts state-of-the-art facilities and outstanding resources that make the institution stand out from its national peers.

Registration & Eligibility

Visa Information: Incoming LL.M. students requiring F-1 visas are able to enter the U.S. with their I-20s thirty (30) days before the first day of their program (date marked on their I-20). For Ohio State students, the earliest possible arrival day to the United States is the Saturday prior to the first day of the program. Incoming LL.M. students who will be attending other U.S. law schools are welcome to apply to this program as long as their arrival dates (and 30 day grace period) coincide with the program dates. Students must be in Columbus, Ohio, for the duration of the program. Summer program applicants who are not entering an LL.M. program in the Fall semester, but would like to participate in either the three-week or one-week option can receive an invitation letter from the Moritz College of Law's Office of International Affairs to assist with the B-1 or B-2 tourist visa application process.

English Levels Requirement: The program is open to any foreign-trained lawyer (from recent law graduates to practicing attorneys and judges) with a TOEFL score of 80 or an IELTS score of 6.5 or above. If an applicant does not have an IELTS or TOEFL score, he or she is able to interview via Skype with the Assistant Dean instead of taking the TOEFL or IELTS exams. U.S. Permanent Residents are exempt from the English requirement.

Payment Information: Participants should expect to receive an invoice for the remaining program fee balance around mid-June. Payment will be accepted only after invoices have been issued. There is a $200 deposit required at the time of application and this deposit will be applied towards the total cost of the program. Deposit must be paid via credit card and is refundable for applicants not admitted into the program.

2020 Program Details

Foundations of U.S. Law & Practice (Foundations):

- Duration: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – Friday, Aug. 14, 2020
- Program Fee: $2,100 due by the Friday prior to the first day of the program

Single-Week Enrollment Option:

- Duration: Monday, August 10, 2020– Friday, Aug. 14, 2020
- Program Fee: $1,000 due by the Friday prior to the first day of the program

The program fees include outings as noted on the agenda.

The program fees DO NOT include:

- Transportation
- Lodging and Meals
- Optional social activities recommended by International & Graduate Affairs staff
- Optional 1 week ($20) or 3 week ($40) guest pass to use the Recreational Facilities at OSU

Health Insurance

It is recommended that all Foundations participants purchase international travel/health insurance to cover any possible medical expenses they may incur while there are in the U.S. Incoming LL.M. students for fall who arrive in the U.S. early to participate in Foundations are eligible to purchase OSU Student Insurance to cover them during the program (Note: OSU Student Insurance normally begins coverage in mid-August). More information can be found on the OSU Student Insurance page (contact information is at the bottom of the page). Non-OSU participants in Foundations are not eligible to purchase OSU Student Insurance.

A Note on Lodging

The Office of International and Graduate Affairs has arranged for discounted pricing at the Fairfield Inn and Suites ( near campus. Double occupancy rooms are available on a first come, first served basis for $114 per night (2020 rate). Amenities at this hotel include:

  • A complimentary hotel shuttle service daily to and from the law school from 7am-10:30pm
  • Complimentary hot breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage and make your own waffles offered daily
  • A refrigerator in every room
  • Access to microwaves
  • Free wired and wireless internet
  • Free parking
  • Indoor Pool & spa
  • 24 hour fitness center
  • 24 hour Market for beverages and snacks
  • Coin-operated Laundry

Admitted applicants wishing to reserve a room at the Fairfield Inn and Suites will receive a special link via email from the Office. The quoted price is only available to those who use the link that will be provided. You can select a check-out date that is earlier than the Foundations end date should you need to move into an apartment or other lodging on an evening or weekend day during the program. Please note that reservations will need to be made via the special link sent from our Office by early July.

Participants are responsible for all costs associated with lodging as well as for the arrangements related to sharing rooms (including splitting expenses). Furthermore, if you are planning to share a room, only one person can make the reservation since more than one credit card cannot be used to hold a room.

Other Hotel Options: Should you wish to do additional research on accommodations, the University has partnerships with hotels in an area called the Hospitality District ( Inquire about OSU affiliate discounts. Additionally, there are several hotel options on the Experience Columbus website and you can search for hotels in the OSU area (

Law Firms

Law Firm Outing: Program participants visited Lane Alton Horst and Isaac Wiles. They met in large and small groups with nearly twenty attorneys and discussed aspects of legal practice.

Judges  11890027_10155904161870464_3526707568664746164_o

Judges Panel Outing: The Honorable Gregory Frost, Stephen McIntosh, Michael Watson and Andrea Peeples shared wonderful insights on the U.S. justice system.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The program deposit is non-refundable. Additionally, no refunds for remaining Foundations fees are issued after the first day of the program.

2019 Program Faculty