Checking date: 15/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Legal and business english
Master in Business Legal Advice (Plan: 344 - Estudio: 317)

Coordinating teacher: CELADOR ANGON, OSCAR

Department assigned to the subject: International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 9.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
This course is designed for law graduates who will shortly be practicing lawyers and who have an intermediate level of English, with a view to helping them communicate orally with their English-speaking clients, read and understand legal texts in English, and draft simple documents in that language. Although translation will inevitably play a role, this is not a course for English-Spanish legal translators but rather is intended for legal professionals who need to achieve an active command of English. Classes will be taught in English from the practical perspective of promoting both oral and written communication. This course is divided into seven units that present the vocabulary and basic concepts of contract law, corporate law, civil procedure, criminal law and procedure, labor law, tax law and property law. In view of the foregoing, students will: --learn the basic concepts of the Anglo-American system of common law --achieve an active command of the basic legal vocabulary in the six areas of law covered in the course --familiarize themselves with the peculiar features of Anglo-American legal language, including the differences between legal usage in the US and in England and Wales, and with an emphasis on what are often called false friends that, despite their similar appearance, may have opposite meanings in English and Spanish --be capable of using these skills to explain (both orally and in writing) the basic aspects of Spanish law in English in the six areas of law examined during the course
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Tema 1: Terminology of Contracts (Contratos) Tema 2: Terminology of Corporate Law (Derecho societario) Tema 3: Terminology of Civil Procedure (Derecho procesal civil) Tema 4: Terminology of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (Derecho penal y procesal penal) Tema 5: Terminology of Labor Law (Derecho laboral) Tema 6: Terminology of Tax Law (Derecho tributario) Tema 7: Terminology of Property Law (Derechos reales)
Learning activities and methodology
For each of the principal areas of law studied, and using different activities, the professor will introduce students to the basic terminology and legal texts in English will be read and discussed in class. In each case students will be asked to compare and contrast the principal features of Anglo-American law with the legal system in Spain or in their countries. The goal is to ensure that students are not only capable of understanding the texts, but also of discussing them and to drafting simple documents in English based on the texts read in class. These are ¿traditional¿ classes in which the student¿s active participation and total attention in class are essential, without relying on laptop computers or using mobile phones. (In exchange, the professor guarantees that no student will be the victim of death by powerpoint). Students will be provided access to the class texts and materials one week prior to the commencement of each unit, so that those who wish to prepare the lessons beforehand may do so.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Alcaráz Varó, Enrique y Brian Hughes. El inglés jurídico. Barcelona: Ariel. 2007
  • Alcaráz Varó, Enrique, Miguel Ángel Campos Pardillos and Cynthia Miguélez. El inglés jurídico norteamericano. Barcelona: Ariel. 2007
  • Brown, Gordon W. . Legal Terminology. Pearson Education. New Jersey: 2008
  • Chartrand, Marcella, Catherine Millar y Edward Wiltshire. English for Contract and Company Law. London: Sweet & Maxwell. 2003
  • Chartrand, Marcella, Catherine Millar y Edward Wiltshire. English for Contract and Company Law.. Sweet & Maxwell. London: 2003.
  • Jowers, Rebecca. Léxico temático de terminología jurídica español-inglés. Valencia: Tirant lo Blanch. 2015
Additional Bibliography
  • Brown, Gordon W. . Legal Terminology. New Jersey: Pearson Education. 2008
  • Chartrand, Marcella, Catherine Millar y Edward Wiltshire. English for Contract and Company Law. London: Sweet & Maxwell. 2003
  • Garner, Bryan A., ed.. Black¿s Law Dictionar. St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co. 2004
  • Okrent, Cathy. Legal Terminology. Albany, New York: Delmar (West Legal Studies). 2001

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.