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

  • 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 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: 9781408226117
  • Release Date: 2011-09-21
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: William McKay
  • Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed



Legal English: How to Understand and Master the Language of Law offers a contemporary guide for students and practitioners alike who want to improve their language skills and build confidence in communicating effectively from the classroom to the courtroom. The second edition has been completely revised and updated to cover all aspects of language as used in a legal context where effective communication is crucial to both academic and professional success.

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.

United States Legal Language and Culture

  • Filename: united-states-legal-language-and-culture.
  • ISBN: 9780199895458
  • Release Date: 2013-05-30
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Author: Teresa Brostoff
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



In Legal English, experienced educators and professors Teresa Kissane Brostoff and Ann Sinsheimer answer the needs of law students unfamiliar with the use of English in legal settings. They introduce the student into a new world of study of the law by carefully guiding them through the vital skills and techniques they will need to feel comfortable and proficient in English-speaking and American legal culture.

Practical Legal English

  • Filename: practical-legal-english.
  • ISBN: 9462360987
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 142
  • Author: Helen Gubby
  • Publisher: Eleven International Pub



English has become the international language of trade and commerce. It is not surprising, therefore, that English has also become the international language of the legal transaction. The aim of the book is to offer students, and all those involved with the practice of the law, practical assistance in using English legal terminology.

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.

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.

Comparative Legal Linguistics

  • Filename: comparative-legal-linguistics.
  • ISBN: 9781409493167
  • Release Date: 2007-11-01
  • Number of pages: 364
  • Author: Heikki Mattila
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.



The language of law reflects the overlapping, competing and co-existing nature of legal discourse: its form both the product of its linguistic history and a response to the fluidity of legal culture. 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 and English. Each chapter includes a historical overview of the growth of the language, its international use, its coherence in the various countries using it and its relationship to cognate legal languages. Where relevant, the characteristics of legal cultures are described to explain the features of the legal language. The work will be a valuable resource for students, researchers and practitioners in the areas of comparative law, legal theory, semiotics, and linguistics.

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.

Modern Legal Drafting

  • Filename: modern-legal-drafting.
  • ISBN: 9781107292680
  • Release Date: 2013-03-28
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Peter Butt
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



Modern Legal Drafting provides a comprehensive, authoritative guide to drafting legal documents in effective, plain English. Peter Butt, a leading expert in the field, has fully revised and updated the text for this new edition. It combines a practical focus with the legal principles that underpin the use of plain language in law. This dual practical and academic approach distinguishes it from other books in the field. It includes expanded material on the techniques for achieving a style that is both clear and legally sound. It also includes new material on the challenges and merits of drafting in plain language, and provides many before-and-after examples to help both practising lawyers and students develop their skills. It takes an international approach, drawing upon case law and statutes from England, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Ireland, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

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