Legal English

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Course hours

24 contact+6 zelfstudie

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Standaard Boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent

Objectives and content

This course teaches participants to read, independently process and write English texts in a broad legal context. On the one hand, your reading skills will be further developed by making use of authentic texts (e.g. decrees, contracts, etc.). On the other hand, your writing skills will also be enhanced. You will learn how to write correct English texts paying attention to style, register, coherence, and grammatical correctness. Moreover, your formal and legal English vocabulary will be practised and further extended. Finally, this course will also allow you to enhance your speaking and listening skills through group work, debates and pair work.

Legal topics that will be dealt with include:

  • Criminal Law
  • The Legal Profession
  • Contract Law
  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • European Law

Specific grammatical items include:

  • Relative clauses
  • The tenses (esp. Present Perfect vs Simple Past)
  • Linking words
  • The passive voice

Required prior knowledge

Fluent command of English, in line with secondary school level of English.

Course materials


Tom De Moor

How to register:

To register for a legal language course, you register online and you pay the fee immediately after receiving your payment request.

Course book:

Van den Eede, K. (2012), You'll be the judge of that! A guide to legal English, Gent: Academia Press.

When you buy this course book at Standaard Boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent, you will receive a discount of 10% on the official price. Make sure to mention that you take a language course at the UCT.

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