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Law & Language: Jones v. Mississippi Part I

Welcome!  The USLawEssentials Law & Language Series helps you improve your legal English by providing you with intensive but self-guided instruction in US law, vocabulary, and grammar. The course has been developed by two attorneys with decades of experience teaching US law and legal English.

This first module walks you through Part I of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Jones v. Mississippi,  a major case decided in 2021.

Each lesson in this course focuses on your reading, legal vocabulary, and comprehension skills. When you finish this course you will have a better understanding of key legal English vocabulary, grammar points including prepositions,  and improve your understanding of US court systems and case law.


  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Case Law


  • Reading comprehension
  • Grammar, especially prepositions
  • Legal Vocabulary

Read a Supreme Court Case

As part of this course you will read a United States Supreme Court case. To assist you, each section of the reading includes a rephrasing of the reading in simpler language. In fact, you can choose between two different versions of the rephrasing, one more simplified than the other.

Vocabulary Builder

Through exercises you will gain a deeper understanding of key legal English vocabulary.

Decode Grammar

A series of exercises will also help you improve your grammar skills. This module focuses on prepositions.

Course Overview

Reading and Vocabulary

The first Unit guides you through a reading of the Supreme Court case, Jones v. Mississippi. After watching an introductory video, you will read a portion of the Supreme Court case. Supporting you will be two rephrased version of the case in simplified language. After reading the case you will undertake a series of exercises to test and improve your reading comprehension and vocabulary.

Grammar Focus: Prepositions

You will learn grammar by engaging in a series of stimulating exercises after studying a detailed explanation of grammar points.

This course in the Law & Language Series focuses on use  of the prepositoins


After enrolling in this first course in the Law & Language Series you’ll be able to take advantage of special offers on upcoming courses.

Daniel A. Edelson


Daniel Edelson teaches US law to LLM students and tutors JD students and bar exam candidates online.  In addition to teaching, Daniel creates short animated videos explaining fundamental legal concepts.   He is admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey and represents clients in a wide-range of civil litigation matters.

Stephen Horowitz


Special thanks to Professor Stephen B. Horowitz (Georgetown Law, Legal English Faculty) for his helpful insights, ideas, perspectives, and feedback in the creation of this course module. Prof. Horowitz is a friend and a former St. John’s Law School colleague and has been a wonderful teacher, mentor, and innovator in the field of legal English.

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Wittaya Theerachanon
Posted 2 years ago
This is the only way to Legals learning for international student

I am a student from a famous law school, but I qualified from the great career background without full of Legals experiences. This course is the way for me to catches up with all contents in my other law school class. Thank you to make this course available for a minority law student like myself.

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Posted 3 years ago
Very helpful for learning the latest case law

This case study course is very interesting and the video explains former related cases and this case in a very simple way. It should be helpful for international students in understanding the latest case trend in US Law learning. All the contents are structured well, and the “Rephrase” part simplifies the meaning of the text to improve beginners' understanding. Strongly recommend!!!

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Posted 3 years ago
Learning legal English from Boring to Joy

It is a meticulous-designed course which created by an experienced legal educator and also a helpful resource to anyone who needs to learn US law in digital life. I believe, in this way, reading a case is no longer boring, for you can acquire legal English and legal term get the highlighted technically.

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Xinye Xiong
Posted 3 years ago
really useful course!

The introduction video is cool and makes us know the case quickly. The whole course is good and can help us learn well.

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Marco Giordano
Posted 3 years ago
Very well structured course with multiple learning methods

The course provides a general view of the legal system and simultaneously gives you a deep understanding of legal words and how to use them. The part on the prepositions is a winning choice and it is really helpful for foreign students, because the correct use of prepositions is always a difficult obstacle for foreigners.

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