Legal English


Course Objective

Legal English is the lingua franca of International business. In
addition, globalization and the steady dissolution of national
boundaries has increased pressure on even purely national based law
firms and enterprises to be able to translate and transcribe complex
jargon into another language (difficult) via another legal system (very
difficult). Reliance on dictionaries is often inadequate and sometimes
dangerously misleading. The internet translation machinery is too basic
for the task as yet. This course teaches law students how to help
themselves learn legal English by placing the vocabulary in the correct
context - the English legal system - and by comparing and contrasting
with their own legal system. At the end of the course the student is
enabled with an appreciation of the Common law legal method an
operative model to use to communicate and translate. Moreover, by
adopting the common law mindset through practical exercises and case
study, the student is offered a unique chance to not only speak with
common law terms but to think, to some extent, in a common law way
which is a fantastic advantage in international engagement on any level.
University education in the truest sense of the word.

Course Content

Introductie tot het Engelse rechtsysteem
Common law
Law of Equity
British constitution
Sources of law
Court system
Role of the Judiciary
Criminal law
Contract law
Company law
Moot Court

Teaching Methods

Zie voor nadere informatie Canvas.

Method of Assessment

Attendance required (7 lessons minimal), Participation, Paper (in
English), Moot Court.

Target Audience

Apart from regular students, the course is also available for:
Students from other universities/faculties
Exchange students (open for a maximum of 10)
students who pay for one course

Please note: High standard of English essential – 100% lesson attendance
– students must prepare the lesson in advance in accordance with the
study questions – continuous assessment – oral presentation required.

Courses from a master at the faculty can only be taken as a secondary
course if you have a diploma that gives access to the relevant master/
specialization and if you are enrolled in a master.

General Information

Course Code R_JurEn
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator mr. F.M. Gilligan
Examiner mr. F.M. Gilligan
Teaching Staff mr. F.M. Gilligan

Practical Information

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