English for Law


Course description
  • Duration: 30 hours of class time
  • Number of sessions: 15
  • Recognition for optional credits: 2
  • Language: English
  • Level: B1-B2 or above
  • Campus: Córdoba / Sevilla
  • Area of interest: Law / International Relations / Business Administration
  • Fee: 200€
Professional Demand
As a result of the internationalization of commerce, English has become the international language both at European and global level, and so legal practitioners and law students must specialize in legal English since English skills are necessary to communicate effectively with clients and professionals in a legal environment. Since the vast majority of practising lawyers in the world deal with commercial law, our course focuses on the use of English for this purpose.
Course objectives
At the end of this course, you will have:
  • The ability to write common legal text types in English, such as letters or memorandums.
  • The ability to read and understand legal texts, such as law journal articles, commercial legislation and legal correspondence.
  • The ability to understand spoken English when it is used to speak about legal topics in lectures, presentations, interviews, discussions, etc.
  • The ability to engage more effectively in a range of speaking situations typical of the study of law and the practice of law, such as client interviews or discussions with colleagues and fellow students
  • Pairwork – students will work in pairs to develop oral linguistic competences in the fields of marketing
  • Groupwork – some activities will be carried out in groups, where students will discuss ideas in small groups and then feed back to the class
  • Role playing
  • Cases
UnitsReadingWritingListening and Speaking
Unit 1: What is psychology?
  1. Contract law
  2. Remedies for breach of contract
  3. Contract clause
  1. Asking for clarification and giving explanations
  2. Contract law lecture
  3. Conditions and warranties
  1. Email of advice
  1. Terminology
  2. Summarising the lecture
Unit 2: Tort law
  1. Tort law
  2. Case note
  3. The Kent Law Clinic
  4. Letter threatening legal action
  1. Frivolous lawsuits
  2. Student lawyer
  1. Reply to a demand letter defending or denying the allegations made
  1. Case discussion
  2. Frivolous lawsuits
  3. Lawyer–client interview
Unit 3: Criminal law
  1. Criminal law
  2. White-collar crime: insider dealing and market abuse
  1. White-collar crime in the 21st century
  2. Podcasts
  1. Letter of advice
  1. White-collar crime
  2. Short presentation
  3. Role-play: advising a client
Unit 4: Company law
  1. Company law
  2. Course in company law
  3. Breach of Companies Act
  1. Lecture on company law
  2. Directors’ meeting
  1. Role-play: lawyer–client interview
  2. Role-play: lawyer–client interview
Unit 5: Commercial law
  1. Commercial law
  2. Commercial law internship
  3. Role of commercial agents
  4. Commercial agency contract
  5. The Commercial Agents (Council Directive)
  1. Profile of a commercial lawyer
  2. Meeting with corporate counsel
  1. Letter of application
  2. Summary
  1. Internships
  2. Role-play: discussion options

During the course, students will do several progress tests. Besides, all the activities and tasks carried out in class or at home as part of this course will be assessed and taken into account for a final mark. These aspects will be taken into account for the final result:
  • Progress tests (20%)
  • Coursework (60%)
  • Homework (20%)
Attendance will be a fundamental aspect of the continuous assessment and so a minimum of 70% of attendance will be compulsory.
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