Legal and American History Program

Stetson Law Campus

About the Program

The Legal and American History Program (LAHP) is intended for international students who will begin their J.D. or LL.M. programs this coming fall semester in Aug. 2021. This program will provide the historical context and knowledge of the United States history. The LAHP will focus on important legal decisions, and the socio-economic, racial, ethnic, and gender disparities that have existed over time.

This program was created because international students who are planning to study law in the United States often find that having a strong foundational understanding of United States history provides an important basis for understanding the legal system, and current legal and political events.

For students who are considering studying law in the United States in 2022 or beyond, we offer LAHP+, which is LAHP plus an additional week of workshops aimed at helping international students understand the law school admissions process. In this additional week, admissions professionals will share insights about how they review applications and what makes a candidate stand out from the crowd. We will discuss personal statements, resumes, and letters of recommendation as well as the overall application process and timeline.

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Dates and Curriculum

Dates: July 6 – July 23, 2021 (LAHP) or July 6 - July 30, 2021 (LAHP+)

The Legal and American History Program and the Legal and American History Program+ will be taught by the director of international and graduate programs, Jessica Richman Dworkin. in Florida from 9 a.m. EDT to 12 p.m., on Mondays thru Fridays in a synchronous, online format. Students will be expected to participate. All course materials will be provided.

Jessica Richman Dworkin is director of international and graduate programs at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fl, where she provides leadership, strategic planning, enrollment management, student and academic support, and budgetary oversight for LL.M., M.J., and study abroad programs. Prior to working at Stetson, Dworkin held similar roles at Emory, and The Ohio State University. Dworkin earned her B.A. from The Ohio State University and her J.D. and LL.M. from Duke University School of Law. Prior to her career in international legal education, Dworkin practiced law. She has presented on topics of LL.M. administration, internationalizing legal education, and U.S. legal education for organizations including NAFSA, NALP, and EducationUSA.


The cost for the Legal American History Program will be $1500. The cost for the Legal American History Program + will be $2000. Scholarships are available. Scholarship applications are available with registration.