Legal English I

This course is specifically aimed at law students and alumni who would like to improve their legal English communication skills as well as to use appropriate vocabulary in specific legal areas.

The course offers an introduction to common law vocabulary and concepts through the study of ten topics which range from the language of the legal profession to general areas of law in which lawyers specialise. Additionally, students will be exposed to some of the TOLES (Test of Legal English Skills) exam preparation materials.
Since the aim is to enable students to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the legal context, the course utilises methods such as group discussions, writing exercises, oral presentations and role-plays. The classroom exercises and homework allow students to progressively transform their exposure to legal vocabulary and expressions into practical language skills.

The course is also beneficial for students considering participation in any English language moot courts, including the Vis Commercial Arbitration Moot Court. Participants should be aware that "Legal English I" is not a course in substantive or procedural law.

Students are required to actively participate in class activities as well as to prepare four short written assignments. These assignments are mandatory for students who wish to sit the final exam for credit points.
Learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
  • understand and use common legal terms in practice areas including: contracts, torts, commercial law, criminal law and dispute resolution;
  • use the target language structures and vocabulary in law-related compositions with a degree of fluency and confidence; and progress to the advanced class, "Legal English II".
Location: Law Faculty (Peter Merian-Weg 8)

Entry requirement: Minimum two semesters of law.

There will be no class on 25 October.

The replacement date for this course is: 25.11.2017
Further information:
Course level:
B1/B2 [more]
Alissa Palumbo Högger [more]
Wednesday, 12h00-14h00
Course period:
20.09.2017 - 22.11.2017 (Herbstsemester 2017)
Credit points:
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Certificate of attendance:
In order to receive a certificate of attendance (available on request) for this course, you are not allowed to be absent more than maximum one time.
± 120 minutes / week
Course materials:
Amy Krois-Lindner and Matt Firth Introduction to International Legal English, Cambridge University Press, (ISBN: 978-0-521-71899-8).

Further details will be found in the course confirmation. Please do not acquire the course materials before then.
Course fee:
CHF 288 plus CHF 3 materials costs (for students and PhD candidates)
CHF 576 plus CHF 3 materials costs (for University employees)
Registration deadline:
17.05.2017 - 18.09.2017
This course requires either an obligatory computer placement test or completion of a preceding course.
If you have not attended a preceding course, a computer placement test has to be taken prior to registration.
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