Self-managed legal English course
This course is intended primarily for non-native English language speakers either studying law or working in some capacity (lawyers, paralegals, etc.) in the legal field. It introduces students (or provides a good review for those already with some knowledge) to key vocabulary, concepts, collocations and prepositions in some of the most important areas of law. It can also be a good introduction to the world of law for those with no legal background whatsoever (whether native or non-native English speakers).
Some of the key areas of law covered throughout the 17 video-lessons include: Contracts; Business and Company; Property (both Intellectual and Real Estate); Legal Procedure (Civil and Criminal) and Litigation, among others. The course also includes several sessions on development of practical professional skills (in legal setting) such as email writing and negotiating.
A final exam testing understanding of all areas of law covered as well as a Glossary of key terms outlined are also provided at the end of the course.
Each lesson is divided into 4 parts: i) a video that introduces the student to the fundamental language in the field of law studied; ii) a video script for those who want to see all the contents in writing with key terminology highlighted in bold; iii) a series of questions that check the understanding of the contents of the video; iv) a “workbook” with practical exercises that make it necessary to use the fundamental concepts introduced through the video and finally v) answer key.
Lesson 1: Introduction to the language of Contract Law
Lesson 2: Introduction to the language of Contractual remedies
Lesson 3: Contract language: Legal referencing words
Lesson 4: Contract language: drafting and understanding clauses
Lesson 5: Introduction to the language of Business & Company Law
Lesson 6: Introduction to the language of Mergers and Acquisitions
Lesson 7: Introduction to the language of Intellectual property
Lesson 8: Introduction to the language of Property law
Lesson 9: Introduction to the language of Criminal Law
Lesson 10: Introduction to the language of Tort Law
Lesson 11: The language of Litigation
Lesson 12: The language of Employment law
Lesson 13: The language of Family Law
Lesson 14: The language of Estate law
Lesson 15: Practical Skills Part A: Linking or Connecting words
Lesson 16: Practical Skills Part B: Language of emails
Lesson 17: Practical Skills Part C: Language of meetings and negotiations
The course has a double objective
Expand your knowledge of Legal English (vocabulary and key expressions with a focus on prepositions and legal collocations) and at the same time improve your understanding and listening skills (mainly through the videos that accompany each lesson).
Who is the course for
The course is aimed at practicing lawyers; law students or other professionals working in the legal field or anyone wishing to obtain a rudimentary knowledge of legal English.
An intermediate General English level.
What distinguishes this course from others
In addition to its wide scope (most of the online courses are focused only on commercial law and this particular one, as already explained, covers practically all key areas), another of its distinctive features is its practical approach. Included are lessons dedicated to the development of practical skills such as writing emails or language of meetings / negotiations (in the legal field), among others. In addition, because it was designed by a Barrister & Solicitor (Lawyer), the course refrains from being purely theoretical and aims to be useful for the daily work of lawyers, law students or other legal professionals.