- This course is aimed at preparing students to use legal English in different legal contexts To achieve this goal, they will have the opportunity to explore authentic legal texts (documents, contracts) as a way of knowing how they are filed in English, the speaking practice being a tool for problem solving. They will be actively engaged in reading and discussing legal cases.
- skills on the use of various legal vocabulary in certain contexts
- skills on designing some types of contracts
- skills on using ICT and different modern technologies
- experience in working with different information sources on theory and legal practice
- Topic 1. The practice of LawReading: Bodies of law, Types of laws. A lawyer’s CV. Listening: Documents in law. Law firm structure and culture. Writing and Speaking: Explaining what a law says. Civil court systems. Describing the Russian law system.
- Topic 2. Contract law.R.: Contracts Contract formation. Remedies for breach of contract. Damages. L.: Remedies. Wr. And Sp.: Follow up correspondence to a client. Presentation. Initial interview with a client.
- Topic 3. Contracts: assignment and third party’s rightsR.: Introduction to contract assignation. Understanding contract clauses. A closing argument. L.: Preparing a law suit and developing an argument. Wr. and Sp.: Memo giving advice. Explaining third party rights. Discussing and evaluating sources of information.
- Topic 4. Employment law.R.: Introduction to Employment law. Discrimination. Unfair dismissal. L.: Liability risks. Wr. and Sp.: Attachments and formality. Agreeing and disagreeing.
- Topic 5. Company law.R.: Introduction to company law. Types of companies. Capitalisation. L.: Forming a business. Changes in the company. Shareholders’ rights. Legal aspects of an acquisition. Wr. And Sp. – Standard phrases for writing letters. Paraphrasing and expressing opinions.
- Introduction to International Legal English : a course for classroom or self-study use, Student's Book, TransLegal, 4th ed., 160 p., Krois-Linder, A., Firth, M., 2012
- International Legal English. A course for classroom or self-study use, Krois-Lindner, A., 2011