American Legal English

In this course, you will be introduced to the American judicial and legislative systems. You will become familiar with legal terminology, learn how to analyze cases, and also understand how legal documents are composed. Topics include the history and origin of US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, an examination of key cases that have shaped US history and video observations of court proceedings.

  • 50 Minutes per Day - 2 Days per week - 7 Weeks
  • Minimum Listening & Speaking Level 7 Required to Take Course
  • Overview and Discussion of US Judicial & Legislative Systems
  • Presentation of Legal Terminology Used in Range of Settings
  • Highlights of International Differences in Legal Systems Analysis of Landmark Cases
  • Discussion of Current & Historic Legal Issues
  • All Teachers are Native Speakers (Always)
  • 30 Years of NESE Curriculum Research & Development Provide Foundation for Course
  • Certificate Awarded upon Course Completion

Legal English is a course designed to introduce students to the American judicial and legislative systems. Its focus is the vocabulary and terminology of the U.S. legal system. In this class, students will improve their reading, speaking and listening skills by reading and analyzing various cases, as well as explore and discuss a wide range of current and historic legal issues. This course will start with a review of the history and origin of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights and continue with topics including the role of the US Supreme court, civil procedure, tort and liability law, criminal law, corporate law, and international law. Other topics include intellectual property rights, current challenges facing the US legal system, and case law. Students will also study landmark cases and view and analyze videos of legal proceedings.

Legal English is not a law course and therefore students can expect their instructor to focus on legal language and know U.S. law in general terms, rather than in detail. Further because your instructor of this class is not a lawyer, you can expect to know more about legal matters than he does. However, you will greatly benefit from the discussions of the U.S. legal system and cases as points of comparison and as a springboard for the further development of your own legal career. Although Legal English is not an introductory law course, it is appropriate for those who plan to study law in the future.

Never be afraid to make a mistake. Your teacher is here to help you. If you try and are correct, that is to your credit. If you try and you make a mistake, that is an ideal opportunity for your teacher to help you, and for you (and the class) to learn something new. Trying is important; perfection 100% of the time is not. Remember, “Mistakes are not important; Understanding is”TM