LEGAL ENGLISH

Degree course: 
Corso di Long single cycle degree (5 years) in GIURISPRUDENZA
Academic year when starting the degree: 
2018/2019
Year: 
1
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
2018/2019
Course type: 
A foreign language, final examination
Seat of the course: 
Como - Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
Language: 
English
Credits: 
6
Period: 
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
35
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (35 hours)
Requirements: 

Core prerequisite is the knowledge of the English language equal or superior to the B1 level defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. During the course, it will be paid particular attention to any specific need of grammatical and/or terminological review and students will have the possibility to receive online indications for autonomous exercises and integrative readings.

Final Examination: 
Orale

The exam is written. It is based on exercises on the legal matters explained by the Professor during the course, including but not limited to, matching and gap-filling exercises, true or false and the translation of expressions of Legalese and plain English. During the exam (90 minutes) students are allowed to use monolingual and bilingual dictionaries.
In the latest lessons students will be asked to do exercises, reviews and simulations on the most relevant themes analyzed.

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

The course is aimed at developing appropriate strategies regarding communication in Legal English, with a special focus on negotiations, contracts, power of attorneys, agency contracts and proxies, alternative dispute resolutions, communication and consultancy services, in order to develop adequate language skills and legal terminology. The course analyses the most relevant lexical, grammatical and stylistic aspects of Legal English to use in formal and informal contexts and examines the typical features and differences of the so-called Plain English and Legalese. During the course, students will read, translate and examine several legal texts, which include the typical vocabulary adopted in private law, in commercial and company law, in international contracts, in claim forms, in privacy field under EU Reg. 679/2016, in non-disclosure agreements, in the protection of copyright and intellectual property rights.
The course includes in-depth studies on case-law texts and on the legal glossary of the European Union, constant comparisons between British and American English, as well as the use of online vocabularies, databases and legal websites.

The first part of the course will be dedicated to a review of the most relevant grammatical structures of English language and of the most frequent lexical categories. Particular attention will be paid to the use of modal and prepositional verbs, to the so-called false friends, to passive sentences and to the typical legal expressions and words. The practical exercises will include numerous comparisons between plain English and Legalese and between British English and American English. During the second part of the course, these lessons will be integrated with the analysis of different texts adopted in legal and commercial communication, contracts, arbitration clauses, claim forms, powers of attorney etc.

The course is principally based on the book quoted below, on online materials, texts and documents downloaded from the most important websites concerning legal matters and on texts directly prepared for the lessons.

Compulsory bibliography:

G. Di Renzo Villata (edited by), in collaboration with R. Buzzi, G. Cadel, A. Grasso, Legal English, Padova, Cedam, ed. 2017 (from Unit 1 to Unit 10 included).

Recommended dictionaries:

S. De Palma (edited by), in collaboration with A. Grasso and J. Schorah, Dizionario di Inglese Giuridico, Bologna, Filodiritto Editore, May 2012.

G. Villa (edited by), Dizionario esplicativo di inglese giuridico, Milan, Giuffrè Editore, 2015.

F. De Franchis (edited by), Dizionario giuridico – Law dictionary, 2 – Italiano/Inglese e Inglese/Italiano, Milano, Giuffrè, latest edition.
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The course is based on the book quoted below. Students with registration code A21 have the possibility to do additional personal reading and comprehension exercises before the date of the exam chosen. In this case, Students can contact Mrs. Roberta Bogni by e-mail and ask for a copy of all the exercises distributed during the course and included in the program for A18 students. This material shall be considered as integrative and optional by A21 Students and is not included in their exam program.

G. Di Renzo Villata (edited by), in collaboration with R. Buzzi, G. Cadel, A. Grasso, Legal English, Padova, Cedam, ed. 2017 (from Unit 1 to Unit 4 included).

Recommended dictionaries:

S. De Palma (edited by), in collaboration with A. Grasso and J. Schorah, Dizionario di Inglese Giuridico, Bologna, Filodiritto Editore, May 2012.

G. Villa (edited by), Dizionario esplicativo di inglese giuridico, Milan, Giuffrè Editore, 2015.

F. De Franchis (edited by), Dizionario giuridico – Law dictionary, 2 – Italiano/Inglese e Inglese/Italiano, Milano, Giuffrè, latest edition.

Convenzionale

The course will take place from February to the end of May 2019 and include 35 hours of lesson. During the lessons, the grammatical and lexical analysis will be integrated with numerous practical exercises and readings, translations and comprehension tests.

Students can meet the Professor at the end of her lessons by prior appointment requested by e-mail: roberta.bogni@uninsubria.it

Professors

BOGNI ROBERTA