Legal English II

This course is specifically aimed at law students and alumni who would like to tackle legal literature and reach an accomplished level of English conversation in legal areas.
The course offers an introduction to common law vocabulary and concepts, legal analysis and correspondence, advocacy and alternative dispute resolution. These themes are explored through the study of a number of cases from various jurisdictions, as well as fictional cases which are heavily based on real judgments. Additionally, students will be exposed to some of the TOLES (Test of Legal English Skills) exam preparation materials. The course is also beneficial for students considering participation in any English language moot courts, including the Vis Commercial Arbitration Moot Court. Substantive legal instruction is not provided in this course.
Students are expected to adopt a "hands on" approach in this course and participate in a variety of practical role plays as well as work with various legal texts. Students are also expected to actively contribute to class discussion and prepare a variety of written homework assignments. Homework assignments are a hurdle requirement for students who wish to sit the exam for credit points.
Please be aware that this is a language course, and the aim of the course is to develop the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills of participants in relation to legal topics by drawing on their own experience and knowledge.

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:
B2+ [more]
Alissa Palumbo Högger [more]
Wednesday, 16h10-18h10
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:
Scripts and materials distributed in class.
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 - 13.09.2017
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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