Legal English

  • Filename: legal-english.
  • ISBN: 9781136458309
  • Release Date: 2013-03-01
  • Number of pages: 312
  • Author: Rupert Haigh
  • Publisher: Routledge



English is the dominant language of international business relations, and a good working knowledge of the language is essential for today’s legal or business professional. Written with the needs of both practitioners and students in mind, Legal English provides a comprehensive and highly practical approach to its subject-matter and addresses the key aspects of the use of English in commercial legal contexts. This third edition builds upon the success of its predecessors, but also introduces an important innovation. Instead of being a traditional paper textbook, this new edition combines and integrates both online and traditional print elements. The book covers the key areas of legal English usage for both written and oral legal communication in typical legal situations. It features expanded terminology glossaries, legal drafting troubleshooting tips, language for negotiation and contract-drafting guidance. The website contains realistic, in-depth and contextual exercises on each area covered in the book. It is intended as a unique self-study resource to be used in connection with the book, and is supported by an automatic marking facility.

Legal English and translation theory and practice

  • Filename: legal-english-and-translation-theory-and-practice.
  • ISBN: 9788484543107
  • Release Date: 2004-01-20
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: José Luis Sánchez Febrero
  • Publisher: Editorial Club Universitario



The aim of this book is to provide an easy introduction to the understanding of Legal English. The book is in four parts. In the first and second parts, a theoretical background is provided where emphasis is place on analysing the peculiar features of this variety of ESP (English for Specific Purposes). A linguistic approach (both morphological and semantical) has been adopted, although other disciplines have also been taken into account, in particular sociolinguistics. This is so because Legal English is the jargon (despectively dismissed as «legalese») of an elite whose job is the meting out of justice. The third part deals with translation but from a theoretical point of view. By making use of (mostly) pragmatic concepts. A framework has been established to account for as many meanings in the texts as possible. The fourth section contains texts and documents, as well as introductions in most cases, illustrative of the different areas of the Law (Housing Law, Criminal Law, etc). Special care has been taken to select a wide variety of texts and documents to allow readers to enjoy an overview of Legal English at work. This section is heavily annotated. These notes provide explanations and translations into Spanish of the most difficult words, expressions and concepts. We are sure that this book will be useful to both the student (of English Philology, Translation and Law) and the proffesional involved in the teaching of English, journalists, translators as well as lawyers, judges, etc.

Legal English

  • Filename: legal-english.
  • ISBN: 9781317584384
  • Release Date: 2015-03-02
  • Number of pages: 360
  • Author: Rupert Haigh
  • Publisher: Routledge



English is the dominant language of international business relations, and a good working knowledge of the language is essential for today’s legal or business professional. Written with the needs of both practitioners and students in mind, Legal English provides a comprehensive and highly practical approach to its subject-matter and addresses the key aspects of the use of English in commercial legal contexts. Legal English covers the key areas of legal English usage for both written and oral legal communication in typical legal situations. It features expanded terminology glossaries, legal drafting troubleshooting tips, language for negotiation and contract-drafting guidance. This new fourth edition now offers more activities and examples, both in print and online, showing how language is correctly applied, as well as sample templates for commonly used written documents such as legal letters, memoranda, and contracts. Visit the Legal English companion website today: www.routledge.com/cw/haigh - Video simulations of real-life legal situations - Comprehension exercises - Gap-fill exercises - Multiple choice questions

International Legal English Teacher s Book

  • Filename: international-legal-english-teacher-s-book.
  • ISBN: 9780521279468
  • Release Date: 2011-07-28
  • Number of pages: 338
  • Author: Jeremy Day
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



International Legal English Second edition is the definitive course for students who need to work in the international legal community. International Legal English Teacher's Book is an essential companion for any teacher wishing to use International Legal English Second edition in the classroom. The book offers invaluable background information about the law topics discussed, giving teachers the confidence to explore these topics with their students. The Teacher's Book guides the teacher through the exercises in the book and suggests optional consolidation activities along the way. It includes over 50 extra photocopiable activities and adds a whole new communicative dimension to the course, with lots of ideas for discussion and role-plays.

English Legal Terminology

  • Filename: english-legal-terminology.
  • ISBN: 9462366047
  • Release Date: 2015-12-23
  • Number of pages: 282
  • Author: Helen Gubby
  • Publisher:



Legal English is a professional language. This means that a good command of ordinary English does not make a student automatically proficient in legal English. Many foreign law students on English language programmes experience problems when suddenly all their lectures, textbooks, discussions and written work have to be in English. A lack of familiarity with legal English can seriously impede their progress. And a command of legal English is not just a desirable academic skill. It has become an absolute 'must' for today's legal professionals working in internationally orientated law firms. This book is designed for law students who have followed their law studies in a language other than English. Textbooks on English law are too detailed for those who want to understand English legal terminology rather than English law itself. Legal dictionaries are useful but, as the words are ordered alphabetically, terms are treated in isolation. This book offers: * vocabularies providing sets of legal terminology associated with the legal system, civil procedure, EU law, tort, contract law and company law; * text putting the terms in the vocabulary into their legal context; * case discussion questions in order to practice using the terminology; * knowledge questions to ensure that the reader has understood the legal concepts.

Legal English

  • Filename: legal-english.
  • ISBN: 0582894360
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 188
  • Author: William Robert McKay
  • Publisher: Pearson Education



'This is a much needed text on legal English. It deserves a place on the shelf of every law teacher, and should be on the reading list of all students who need to get to grips with language issues...An excellent and up-to-date book that makes the resolution of language law issues accessible and interesting.'Dr Sharon Hanson (PhD), Director of Legal Studies Programmes, Birkbeck College, University of London'This book fills a very important gap and will be gratefully appreciated by both students and teachers of legal English. It is an authoritative introduction to a field which is becoming more and more significant internationally.'David Rowson, MBE, Head of English, Bellerbys College London. Legal English is designed to assist those who wish to develop and enhance their skills in the use of the English language within a legal context, whether as a native English speaker or someone using English as a second or foreign language.

Tradition and Change in Legal English

  • Filename: tradition-and-change-in-legal-english.
  • ISBN: 3039114441
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Author: Christopher Williams
  • Publisher: Peter Lang



In this volume the author examines verbal constructions in prescriptive legal texts written in English. Modal auxiliaries such as "shall," "may" and "must" are analysed, as well as indicative tenses such as the present simple, and also non-finite constructions such as the "-ing" form and "-ed" participles. Results are based on specially compiled corpora of prescriptive texts coming from a wide range of English-speaking countries and also international organizations such as the European Union and the UN. The author also analyses the nature, extent and impact of the calls for change in legal language coming from the Plain Language Movement. Although legal language tends to be depicted as being highly conservative and unchanging, the author shows that in certain parts of the English-speaking world a minor revolution would appear to be taking place, while in other parts there is greater resistance to change.

Legal English

  • Filename: legal-english.
  • ISBN: 9781317584384
  • Release Date: 2015-03-02
  • Number of pages: 360
  • Author: Rupert Haigh
  • Publisher: Routledge



English is the dominant language of international business relations, and a good working knowledge of the language is essential for today’s legal or business professional. Written with the needs of both practitioners and students in mind, Legal English provides a comprehensive and highly practical approach to its subject-matter and addresses the key aspects of the use of English in commercial legal contexts. Legal English covers the key areas of legal English usage for both written and oral legal communication in typical legal situations. It features expanded terminology glossaries, legal drafting troubleshooting tips, language for negotiation and contract-drafting guidance. This new fourth edition now offers more activities and examples, both in print and online, showing how language is correctly applied, as well as sample templates for commonly used written documents such as legal letters, memoranda, and contracts. Visit the Legal English companion website today: www.routledge.com/cw/haigh - Video simulations of real-life legal situations - Comprehension exercises - Gap-fill exercises - Multiple choice questions

Legal Writing in Plain English

  • Filename: legal-writing-in-plain-english.
  • ISBN: 9780226284187
  • Release Date: 2001-06-05
  • Number of pages: 227
  • Author: Bryan A. Garner
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful-unfortunately, these adjectives rarely describe legal writing, whether in the form of briefs, opinions, contracts, or statutes. In Legal Writing in Plain English, Bryan A. Garner provides lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. The book encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. In essence, it teaches straight thinking—a skill inseparable from good writing. Replete with common sense and wit, the book draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through more than a decade of teaching in the field. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting. Meanwhile, Garner explores important aspects of document design. Basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section reinforce the book's principles. (An answer key to basic exercises is included in the book; answers to intermediate and advanced exercises are provided in a separate Instructor's Manual, free of charge to instructors.) Appendixes include a comprehensive punctuation guide with advice and examples, and four model documents. Today more than ever before, legal professionals cannot afford to ignore the trend toward clear language shorn of jargon. Clients demand it, and courts reward it. Despite the age-old tradition of poor writing in law, Legal Writing in Plain English shows how legal writers can unshackle themselves. Legal Writing in Plain English includes: *Tips on generating thoughts, organizing them, and creating outlines. *Sound advice on expressing your ideas clearly and powerfully. *Dozens of real-life writing examples to illustrate writing problems and solutions. *Exercises to reinforce principles of good writing (also available on the Internet). *Helpful guidance on page layout. *A punctuation guide that shows the correct uses of every punctuation mark. *Model legal documents that demonstrate the power of plain English.

Comparative Legal Linguistics

  • Filename: comparative-legal-linguistics.
  • ISBN: 9781409471509
  • Release Date: 2013-02-28
  • Number of pages: 504
  • Author: Professor Heikki E S Mattila
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.



This book examines legal language as a language for special purposes, evaluating the functions and characteristics of legal language and the terminology of law. Using examples drawn from major and lesser legal languages, it examines the major legal languages themselves, beginning with Latin through German, French, Spanish and English. This second edition has been fully revised, updated and enlarged. A new chapter on legal Spanish takes into account the increasing importance of the language, and a new section explores the use (in legal circles) of the two variants of the Norwegian language. All chapters have been thoroughly updated and include more detailed footnote referencing. The work will be a valuable resource for students, researchers, and practitioners in the areas of legal history and theory, comparative law, semiotics, and linguistics. It will also be of interest to legal translators and terminologists.

Syntax of ing Forms in Legal English

  • Filename: syntax-of-ing-forms-in-legal-english.
  • ISBN: 3631574703
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 153
  • Author: Slávka Janigová
  • Publisher: Peter Lang



The study is concerned with the issue of -ing forms in both the theoretical aspect (morpho-syntactic delimitation of the scalar range of -ing forms) and practical aspect (survey of their occurrence in a legal English corpus). The research concentrates on the syntactic analysis of -ing verbal nouns, gerunds and -ing participles, and is aimed to reveal the conditioning factors that influence the selection of a particular type of the nominalisations under analysis.

Legal English

  • Filename: legal-english.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105060223596
  • Release Date: 2000-01-01
  • Number of pages: 412
  • Author: Teresa Brostoff
  • Publisher:



Legal English effectively communicates to students the nuances of legal language in the United States. Professors Brostoff and Sinsheimer of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law unravel the legal system and study of law by using legal English in actual problems and exercises.This book acquaints readers with the two most important skills-legal research and writing-and approaches each problem and exercise from a different legal subject area. By discussing problem-solving techniques in a wide variety of topics, this workbook successfully increases student levels in readingand understanding legal documents. The new edition features revised and updated exercises, including: new internet research skills exercises, new writing and language exercises, and an expanded appellate advocacy section.

Curriculum Development for Legal English Programs

  • Filename: curriculum-development-for-legal-english-programs.
  • ISBN: 9781443862424
  • Release Date: 2014-06-26
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Halina Sierocka
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing



This book provides a systematic introduction to the issues involved in designing and implementing courses of English for Legal Purposes. Each chapter highlights a different aspect of the curriculum development process, including syllabus design, taking into account the special role of needs analysis, materials development, and the question of assessing and testing languages for special purposes. In addition, the book provides a brief outline of key concepts in the methodology of English for S ...

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