The tasks present a number of authentic language problems encountered by legal professionals, and provide strategies that exploit online reference tools and search engines to find solutions to these problems. In this way they encourage the development of autonomous learning and research skills that will be immensely useful both to the professional at work and to the law student in their studies.
Drafting tips for writing letters, e-mails, contract clauses, etc.
Writing well in any language is not easy. Writing in a foreign language is, of course, even more difficult. And writing legal texts in a foreign language is perhaps second in difficulty only to writing poetry in a foreign language.
These pages provide free, easy-to-apply tips on various aspects of legal writing.
Helpful tips and links to useful websites on English grammar and writing
The information under the links to the left provides short grammar and writing tips as well as links to websites on the Internet that offer further help in English.
Free teaching resources for Legal English teachers
LETS is a tool to help language teachers teach Legal English. It does this in basically two ways:
1) LETS provides help in understanding the law and how lawyers work through clear and concise summaries of the areas of the law covered in the International Legal English course book and the ILEC examination.
2) LETS provides additional materials for classroom use to supplement those available in the International Legal English course book, the International Legal English teacher's book and the ILEC website www.LegalEnglishTest.org.
To find out more about a particular area of law, just click on the button for that area. If you want to know how a lawyer in a particular area of law practices, just go to the end of the summary of the law text. There is also a general "practice of law" section to provide teachers with an overview of the tasks carried out by lawyers and the FAQ section provides answers to the questions our Lawyer-Linguists have answered most often over the years.
The English-speaking lawyer uses Latin terms frequently
The use of Latin in modern legal systems has ancient roots. Today, many observers argue that Latin has no place in modern English, including Legal English. It is claimed that Latin is confusing and pretentious and easily replaced by modern English equivalents.
The fact remains, though, that Latin words and phrases feature prominently in Legal English and many Latin phrases embody legal concepts that are not easily converted into plain English.
Below is a list of common or frequently used Latin words and phrases used in Legal English. You will also find a glossary of common Latin terms and their meanings as used in the law prepared by Her Majesty's Courts Service at www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/infoabout/glossary/latin.htm
A short, weekly video lesson on various topics in Legal English presented by the lawyer-linguists at TransLegal. These video lessons have become a favorite with thousands of lawyers and law students around the world, answering many of the questions about Legal English our lawyer-linguists are frequently asked.
Set forth below are the video lessons presented over the past year.