This course focuses on the study of authentic legal texts from both academic and professional contexts to introduce students to the English language skills needed when working in legal contexts internationally. The main part of the course concentrates on the language of commercial law, although other fields will also be covered (e.g. criminal law, international law and tort law).
Mode of delivery
Prerequisites and co-requisites
relevant courses of previous semesters
Recommended optional program components
legal terminology peculiarities of Anglo-American legal terminology legal practice an types of law contractual clauses and contract law; cases studies, esp. Regarding the US case law system
Recommended or required reading
McKay, W. R., Charlton, H. E., & Barsoum, G. (2011). Legal English. How to understand and master the language of law (2nd ed.). Pearson.
Craver, C. B. (2016). Effective legal negotiation and settlement (8th ed.). Durham: Carolina Academic Press.
Day, J. (2011). International Legal English. A course for classroom or self-study use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Edwards, E. W. (2009). Daigneault, Drafting International Agreements in Legal English (2. Aufl.). Wien: Facultas.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
The course adopts a communicative approach to the study of legal English, and includes work on all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) by including a combination of texts, documents, and negotiation/presentation/debate