Facultad de Derecho - Universidad de Buenos Aires

Introductory legal english

Profesor

Fernando Checo Fernández

Nivel: Upper-intermediate

Acerca de los cursos: Intermediate Law Skills

Estos cursos tienen como fin introducir a los alumnos a la gramática, estructuras y vocabulario típicos del ámbito jurídico. Es ideal para aquellos que, tras haber cursado niveles en esta Dirección u otro centro de idiomas, tengan la necesidad de leer y comprender material jurídico redactado en inglés. Por otra parte, no es el propósito de este curso formar profesionales o expertos en el sistema jurídico del "Common Law" sino afianzar el nivel de idioma a través del análisis de conceptos básicos dictados en los cursos. El material a utilizar y la metodología de trabajo permitirán la transición entre un curso tradicional y uno de estas características. La bibliografía comprende obras de los países del sistema en estudio con ejercitación adaptada a los textos. Se trabajará la comprensión de textos, el reconocimiento de estructuras, vocabulario y usos del lenguaje del derecho. Sólo se prevé a este nivel la producción básica por parte del alumno. El curso contempla la evaluación constante mediante la ejercitación y una evaluación escrita final en base a la ejercitación del curso.

Requisito para la inscripción: haber concurrido al test de nivelación.

Nivel de inglés requerido: intermedio alto.

Nivel: Upper-intermediate

About the courses: “Intermediate Law Skills”

The purpose of our courses is to introduce students to the grammar, structures and vocabulary that are typical of the language of the law. It is ideal for those students who have attended courses in this Department or other language centres and need to read and understand texts drafted in legal English. It is therefore not our purpose to train students to become professionals or experts in the Common Law but to consolidate their level of command of the language through the practice of the basic concepts delivered in the courses. The teaching material to be used and the methodology applied to the work in class will help with the transition between a traditional course and one of the characteristics described herein. The bibliography includes textbooks from the country whose legal system the courses are based on; and together with the bibliography there are sets of exercises specially prepared on the texts. The courses focus on reading comprehension, the identification of structures, vocabulary and usage of the language of the law and basic written production. Students will be tested throughout the course by means of the exercises given to them in class. There will also be a final written test similar in format to the exercises the students are familiar with.

Pre-requisite for enrolment: to have taken the level test.

English level required: upper-intermediate.

Nivel: Upper-intermediate

Acerca del curso: “Inglés Jurídico – Elemental” <Curso Introductorio>
“Intermediate Law Skills” <Introductory Module>

To the student:

This course is devised for students who have a good level of command of the English language and want to take their first steps in other areas of specialised English. Since the language of the law is different from everyday English, students need to start the transition between reading and understanding various types of texts and getting to know the background of this particular area of the language. Consequently, this course is ideal as a first, introductory course in legal English.
Students are going to read material from various sources of information and are going to learn how the language of the law operates by a process of incorporating the new vocabulary and structures typical of the subject they are reading about, which should not be confused with studying the subject in detail. The sources include articles taken from magazines and newspapers as well as relevant literature from coursebooks.
The syllabus for this course is different. First, it is flexible. You will notice that there are not many sub-topics included in the units. The reason for this is that the teacher has the possibility to select the areas of interest for the students as the course is in progress from the feedback he gets from the group. Second, it is multi-purpose. Students have the chance to know the language of the law through an appropriate introduction plus both the vocabulary and relevant structures typical of this field.

Pre-requisite for enrolment: to have taken the level test.

Level of English required: upper-intermediate

Nivel: Upper-intermediate

Programa del curso: “Inglés Jurídico - Elemental” <Curso Introductorio>
“Intermediate Law Skills” <Introductory Module>

UNIT I: THE COMMON LAW
A- The language of the law: general characteristics.
B- Topics: The Common Law: historical background. Systems of law. Common Law and Equity. The Judicature Acts: The Common Law today.

UNIT II: THE NATURE OF LAW
A- The language of the law: some peculiarities of vocabulary and specific legal terms.
B- Topics: The nature and classification of law. Sources of English law. Branches of the law.

UNIT III: THE LAW OF PERSONS
A- The language of the law: vocabulary and legal collocations.
B- Topics: The law of persons. Natural and artificial persons in the U.K. Differences in terminology with US legislation. Status and capacity under English legislation.

UNIT IV: COSTITUTIONAL LAW AND GOVERNMENT
A- Legal usage: Tenses and mood. Suffixed prepositions.
B- Topics: Constitutional principles: UK and US. Characteristics of constitutions and the state. The separation of powers. Composition of government: UK and US. The British and American constitutions. Civil rights and liberties. Individuals and government.

Comment on bibliography:
All the material for the course is going to be made available to the students in class as well as a list of selected bibliography for the course.

 

 

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