Legal Language Courses

The Department of Law also offers three foreign legal languages courses open to all students, including exchange students.

First Semester

Legal English

50 hours | 6 ECTS credits | 013934

Danila Patricia Fiordelmondo

 

Second Semester

Advanced Legal English

50 hours | 6 ECTS credits | 55793

Alison Riley

Legal Spanish

40 hours | 6 ECTS credits | 54588

Pablo Andres Bernardo Moreno


First Semester

Legal English

Danila Patricia Fiordelmondo 50 hours | 6 ECTS credits | 013934

The course aims to provide an introduction to the use of English as a legal language in national and international legal contexts, while developing a range of language skills, both written and oral/aural at intermediate level, including a strong focus on vocabulary skills and English legal terminology. Variations in legal English in different national contexts and in international and European Union law are introduced. Lessons are based on consultation of a range of original texts in English from both national (common law) and international legal orders, with particular emphasis on sources of law (constitutions, legislation, treaties), terminology and legal culture; a systematic approach to learning legal terminology and appropriate legal expression is an integral part of the learning process. The following topics are covered: (i) English in legal contexts; (ii) the language of a legal system (focus on the UK constitution); (iii) the European dimension and human rights (focus on international treaty law, the European Union, the European Convention on Human Rights); and (iv) the language of criminal law and human rights.

 

Second Semester

Advanced Legal English

Alison Riley 50 hours | 6 ECTS credits | 55793

The course aims to develop competence in legal English to an advanced level in the full range of language skills, both written and oral/aural and to familiarise course members from civil law countries with the workings of a common law legal system, through the practical development of both language and legal skills. Awareness will be developed of variations in legal English in different national contexts and in international and European Union law. Interactive lessons are based on consultation and discussion of a wide variety of original legal texts in English from both national and international legal orders, with particular emphasis on sources of law (legislation, case law, treaties); a systematic approach to learning legal terminology and appropriate legal expression is an integral part of the learning process. The following topics are covered: (i) sources of English law and the British constitution, Brexit and its constitutional implications; (ii) common law method and the language of civil law and proceedings, with in-depth terminology focus on the law of torts; (iii) international human rights protection and the European Convention on Human Rights, with case studies in freedom of religion and freedom of expression; and (iv) The language of contract law. Formation of contract and international commercial agreements.

 

Legal Spanish

Pablo Andres Bernardo Moreno 40 hours | 6 ECTS credits | 54588

The main objective of the course is to achieve an adequate competency level in legal Spanish so as to be able to develop a coherent, logical, accurate and appropriate to specific Spanish legal terminology, spoken discourse; to be able to look up and comment legal texts in Spanish and to be able to discuss legal topics. Learning Spanish cultural legal concepts, through texts and the latest key legislation, also forms part of the course objectives. Constitutional, Civil, Criminal and Procedural Law will be studied. Lessons will be held entirely in Spanish.