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International Legal English for Lawyers

Overview

The practice of the law is a word-based profession. Without knowledge of correct terminology, and an understanding of the related concepts, the legal practitioner will be at a disadvantage. It is vital that lawyers engaged in international matters are well-armed with proficiency in the language of international business law-English – in order to be fully effective. These courses were developed by international legal practitioners, in conjunction with the Europa Institut at the University of Zürich. This successful course has attracted over 200 legal professionals in the last five years and has now been revised and improved.

More information on the English for Lawyers course can be found on the website of the EIZ.

Course description

This successful course was developed by international legal practitioners, in conjunction with the Europa Institut at the University of Zurich. It has attracted over 200 legal professionals in the last six years and has now been revised and improved. Each module will have a specific section on «language focus» covering the most relevant Legal English issues in speaking and writing. The focus is on the practical application of Legal English in the work place. The goal is to offer legal professionals the extra competitive advantage of an advanced level of Legal English. In relevant practice areas the participants will have hands-on exposure to contract terminology, statutory language, comparison of concepts in Common and Civil Law jurisdictions, and legal letter (and email) writing.

Although this will not be a course in the law per se, it extends beyond the typical language course in that the meaning of terms, concepts and cases utilized in the Common Law will be explained.

The course takes place over 6 weeks, scheduled to accommodate those already engaged in full-time practice. Classes are led by two experienced, international lawyers, one a UK solicitor and the other a practising General Counsel of a US corporation.