JJUA55118U Advanced Legal English: Common Law Language, Reasoning, and Rhetoric
This course provides an overview of the modes of expression and styles of argument used in the English and American common law tradition. Students learn the basic concepts and interpretive methods used by lawyers in the common law tradition and how to use them to craft legal arguments that resonate with common law reasoning. In addition to a theoretical background on interpretive method and rhetoric, the course provides a hands-on approach by having students read and analyze case law, statutes, contract provisions, and other relevant legal documents and make arguments for and against various interpretations of particular provisions or legal issues in written and oral form. A basic knowledge of English is required. The course builds on other MA courses by providing students with skills and knowledge needed to express in English concepts they learn in other contexts in a way that is compatible with English common law reasoning.
Students learn to describe the characteristics of common law language and reasoning and to identify common law issues that may differ from civil law traditions, to analyze statutes, case law, etc. using prevalent common law tropes and forms of argumentation, and to use correct common law terminology in the proper contexts.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 20 minutesOral exam based on synopsis, 20 minutes
- Exam registration requirements
In order to attend the oral examination, it is a prerequisite to hand in the synopsis before the specified deadline.
The deadline is agreed upon with the course lecturer.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
- Exam period
Week 51, 2017 - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Week 7, 2018 - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday