SOC041 Introduction to Legal English for Erasmus Students

Faculty of Law
Autumn 2016
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 6 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
PhDr. Radoslava Šopovová (lecturer)
Mgr. Štěpánka Bilová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Radoslava Šopovová
Faculty of Law
Contact Person: doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Faculty of Law
Mon 26. 9. to Fri 23. 12. Wed 9:35–11:05 126
Intermediate level of English and essential background knowledge of law
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/25, only registered: 0/25
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course can be seen in;
improving the ability to write common legal text types;
improving the ability to read and understand legal texts;
increasing the comprehension of spoken English on legal topics;
strengthening the speaking skills in the environment of legal practice;
  • 1. Introduction, syllabus, requirements, aims, literature, etc., What is law?;
  • 2. The legal system" bodies of law, sources of law - common law, equity;
  • 3. The legal system: sources of law - types of laws;
  • 4. Expaining what a law says and classification of law;
  • 5.Types of courts: civil courts, persons in court and documents in court;
  • 6.Types of courts: criminal courts and persons in court;
  • 7. Legalese and legal Latin;
  • 8. A career in the law, lawyers at work, legal education;
  • 9. A lawyer´s CV, law firm structure and its description;
  • 10.Practice areas and law firm culture;
  • 11.Presentations 12.Final test
  • KROIS-LINDNER, Amy. International legal English : a course for classroom or self-study use : [students' book with audio CDs]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 320 s. ISBN 9780521675178. info
Teaching methods
Seminars with the active participation of students motivated to developing their language skills, i.e. writing, reading, speaking and listening.
Assessment methods
The students will be continuously assessed, they are expected to comply with the requirement of completing special tasks - a written assignment, presentation and listening activities, and they are expected to sit for and pass a multiple choice test.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2012, Spring 2013, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Spring 2020.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2016, recent)
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