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Cambridge OnLine Research Course

A free course on how to use the Internet to research Legal English online
By TransLegal and Cambridge University Press

These online tasks are an extension of the International Legal English coursebook published by Cambridge University Press.

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.

Cambridge OnLine Research Course

Capitol Corner

Postings about the English of public policy, government and lobbying.

Capitol Corner

Common Law Casebook

Selections from American Business Law, A Civil Law Perspective, excerpted with the permission of the author, Laura Carlson, J.D.(USA), LL.M.(Sweden).

Common Law Casebook

Common Mistakes

Avoid the mistakes often made by both native English-speaking lawyers and lawyers whose mother tongue is not English

Common Mistakes

Company Law

Company Law

Drafter

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.

Drafter

European Union

Posts on current European Union legislation, cases, buzz-words and more.

European Union

Financial ABC's

Concise explanations of financial terms commonly used by commercial law practitioners

Financial ABC's

Grammar and 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.

Grammar and Writing

Intellectual Property Law

Posts on current issues and trends in intellectual property law.

Intellectual Property Law

Law-related blogs

Recommendations on blogs (or blawgs) of interest to lawyers and law students.

Law-related blogs

Legal English Teaching Support

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.

Legal English Teaching Support

Legal Latin

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

Legal Latin

Lesson of the Week

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.

Lesson of the Week

Reading

Recommended reading to help lawyers and law students improve their Legal English.

Reading

Reference

Recommendations on reference materials for lawyers and law students.

Reference

The Great Divide

Two countries separated by a common language
England and America are two countries separated by a common language.
– George Bernard Shaw

US and UK lawyers all claim to speak English, but sometimes it's not the same language. These pages highlight some examples where US and British English differ in the field of law.

The Great Divide

Transactions

Posts on commercial affairs and transactions, primarily focused on M&A.

Transactions

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