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Course unit
GI03103953, A.A. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
GI0269, Regulation 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Course unit English denomination LEGAL ENGLISH
Department of reference Department of Private Law and Critique of Law
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/giurisprudenza/course/view.php?idnumber=2017-GI0269-000ZZ-2017-GI03103953-A0503
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge Emanuela Tenca 000000000000

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
GI03103953 LEGAL ENGLISH (Da P a Z) Emanuela Tenca GI0270

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 3.0
Language/Final exam NN Undefined/Interdisciplinary 3.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching methods frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours Individual
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 A.A. 2017/18 - sede Padova - canale A/E 02/10/2017 30/09/2018 TIEGHI GIOVANNA (Presidente)
DONÀ FRANCESCA (Membro Effettivo)
8 A.A. 2017/18 canale P/Z 02/10/2017 30/09/2018 TENCA EMANUELA (Presidente)
RUPIK VICTOR (Membro Effettivo)
SOLARI STEFANO (Membro Effettivo)
7 A.A. 2017/18 canale F/O 02/10/2017 30/09/2018 RUPIK VICTOR (Presidente)
GALLI ALESSANDRO (Membro Effettivo)
SOLARI STEFANO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: You are expected to have already reached a B1 level in English according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Target skills and knowledge: The course will provide you with the main patterns of legal English which are needed to both understand and produce legal discourse, and it will help you improve your skills towards reaching a B1+/B2 level. By the end of the course, you will master legal terminology in English, you will have consolidated your ability to understand legal texts, and you will have gained competence in academic/legal writing.
Examination methods: A written test (vocabulary exercises and academic/legal writing).
Assessment criteria: You will be assessed on your knowledge of the course contents and of legal terminology, as well as on your ability to apply this knowledge to write well organised academic/legal texts using a range of lexico-grammatical patterns.
Course unit contents: Various areas of English law will be covered in class, e.g. sources and divisions of law, legal professions, contract law, etc. Readings and audio-visual materials will be used to encourage in-class discussion.
The programme is the same for attenders and non-attenders, but it is highly recommended that you come to class regularly.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teacher-fronted lessons and pair/group work. In class you will be involved in reading/listening comprehension and writing/speaking activities, and you will be expected to participate actively.
The course is held in English.
Additional notes about suggested reading: 1. the set text ‘Introduction to International Legal English’ (Amy Krois-Lindner, Matt Firth, TransLegal - CUP)
2. the material available in Moodle
3. your notes
4. a monolingual dictionary of law (The Oxford Dictionary of Law)
5. a self-study reference and practice book of your choosing for the revision of grammar areas (intermediate/upper-intermediate level).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Krois-Lindner, Amy; Firth, Matt; TransLegal, Introduction to international legal English: a course for classroom or self-study use. Student's book. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Obbligatorio / Compulsory Cerca nel catalogo
  • Law, Jonathan; Martin, Elizabeth A., A dictionary of law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Consigliato (consultazione) / Recommended (for reference) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Murphy, Raymond, English grammar in use: a self-study reference and practice book for intermediate learners of English with answers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Facoltativo / Optional Cerca nel catalogo
  • Schraffl, Igino, Dizionario giuridico inglese-italiano integrato con il lessico politico. Milano: Giuffrè, 2011. Facoltativo (consultazione) / Optional (for reference) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mason, Catherine, The lawyer's English language coursebook. Birtley: Global legal English Ltd, 2011. Facoltativo / Optional Cerca nel catalogo
  • Tessuto, Girolamo, English for law. Torino: Giappichelli, 2016. Facoltativo / Optional Cerca nel catalogo