International Legal English is a legal English course offered at the law faculty in Bonn, lasting one semester (offered each semester) at 4 contact hours a week. The course subjects consist mainly of Contracts and Remedies, The Judicial System of England and Wales, Legal Latin and Jury Trial, concentrating on Anglo-American legal concepts, terms and vocabulary.
Emphasis is put on legal vocabulary acquisition and the ability to use this when talking about law in English. Course core material (hand-outs introducing students to the subjects) is supplemented with authentic articles, videos and audio, all with a legal perspective and designed to generate clarification, discussion and debate. Further emphasis is put on students’ verbal improvement: students are given ample opportunity to use new vocabulary and structures through discussion/debate, explanation and clarification. Homework is an important and integral part of this course: as far as is possible, the initial reading of texts, and the learning of vocabulary will be done at home, allowing more time for interactive use of language in class.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: No entrance test is required for this course. But, it is highly recommended that applicants are on the B2 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) English language level for successful participation.
During the course, students will be required to learn a large amount of legal vocabulary, including legal concepts, and be able to explain these in class. The course is highly student production orientated (group work + presentations etc.): students who wish to take part must be prepared to: Participate with verbal contribution - Learn/contribute independently and in groups - attend class regularly.
At the end of the course, students will be issued a certificate of attendance. There will be no exam.