Legal English courses are designed for foreign practicing lawyers, law students and legal professionals who want to improve their Leagal English skills while learning about the U.S. legal system. Students of English for Law are asked to complete a needs analysis before starting the course, enabling teachers to assess your particular language requirements and to formulate a program tailored to your needs. Your progress is constantly monitored, and your course adapted to meet your needs and priorities.
This course serves as a general overview of English for the Specific Purpose of Legal practice - whether it be on the business/transaction end, the client end, or for law school (LLM) purposes.
Throughout the course, we ask for your opinion, and you are able to work with your teacher to design your course. At the end of your course, you receive a certificate for presentation to employers. All Legal English students also receive an individual written evaluation of their progress.
The learner will gain an initial understanding of legal writing, reading and understanding case law, legislation, and code, and legal jargon in the American Law practice.
During the English for Law course, there will be specific field trips to the various legal centers of the West Palm Beach community, which Palm Beach Language Institute is fortunate to be in close proximity to. These include: The U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida and Paul G. Rogers Federal Building, The Palm Beach County Court & Comptroller, or a brief visit to the various law practices in the area, including Schwed, Adams, Sobel & McGinley, P.A.
Our Legal English students can also pick the specific area(s) of U.S. law that they would like to focus on specific practice areas, specific purposes (writing memoranda, writing case briefs, e-mails or interview practices, law firm etiquette, law school etiquette, etc.) and will focus primarily on these. Additionally, further vocabulary and legal grammar will be introduced and built upon their earlier knowledge. This course will serve as the bridge between basic legal English and job interviews/preparedness, or law school applications. Practice of oral presentations, practice e-mails, and mock interviews will take up a good portion of in-class time, with out of class time devoted to field trips and at-home assignments.
By the end of the course, students will feel confident in their basic legal writing skills (and how to utilize the many research resources to do so), basic legal jargon and vocabulary, and feel confident to put their best foot forward to communicate at a professional level in virtually any U.S. legal setting.
LEGAL ENGLISH PROGRAM SYLLABUS
- General legal vocabulary & terminology
- Legal practice areas & terminology
- U.S. Court System & terminology
- Introduction to Legal Writing
- Advanced Legal Writing
- Legal Grammar
- Law firm etiquette & culture
- Court room etiquette & culture
- Reading & interpreting U.S. case law
- How to brief a case
- Workplace jargon - emails, memos, meetings, presentations, phone calls
- Interview practice & etiquette (in-person, telephone, Skype)
- Legal theory & history, and associated terminology (recommended for incoming law students, LLM seekers)
- On site field trips & informational discussions
Topics covered in Legal English courses also include remedial work on pronunciation and development of your General English skills.
Legal English courses are offered in small groups and one-to-one according to students' specific needs.
We offer three formats of Legal English programs:
- Mini-Group English for Law Classes with 20 lessons a week* in the morning and/or in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. Choose this program if you want maximum contact with international colleagues and require a more general approach to Legal English.
- Combination of Mini-Group and Private One-to-One Legal English Classes. Choose this program if you want to combine contact with international colleagues with very specific input sessions relating to your particular professional field.
- Private One-to-One English for Law Classes with 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 lessons a week. Choose this option for maximum intensity and progress, with a program designed solely to meet your objectives and needs.
English for Law Courses start every Monday.