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Legal English I


1. Introduction


Topics

  • Arround the Law School
  • Areas of Law
  • The Legal Profession

Materials

  • WOJCIK, Mark E., Introduction to Legal English: An Introduction to Legal Terminology, Reasoning, and Writing for Lawyers and Business Professionals Who Speak English as a Second Language. 3d ed. U.S., International Law Institute, 2009. Lesson 3, 4 and 5

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2. Plain Legal English


Topics

  • Plain Language in Government Writing
  • The following language structures:
    • Legal Function                         Language Structure
    • Express Legal Duty or Necessity  HAVE TO
    • Express Duty to Act
    • Express Probability of Facts         MUST (not)
    • Ask for Advice
    • Give Advice
    • (Non-Binding Rules)                    SHOULD
    • Express Duties end Obligations
    • of Unclear Binding Nature            SUPPOSE, BE SUPPOSED TO SUPPOSEDLY
    • State Necessary Conditions or
    • Warning About Consequences      UNLESS
    • Offer Advice or Warn About
    • Consequences                            HAD BETTER
    • Express Cause and Effect            SO, SUCH, UNREAL CONDITIONS
    • Express Irrelevance                    NO MATTER

Materials

  • CAMPAGNA, July, Key Structures to Describe and Discuss Law in English. México, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, 2010.
  • WOJCIK, Mark E., Introduction to Legal English: An Introduction to Legal Terminology, Reasoning, and Writing for Lawyers and Business Professionals Who Speak English as a Second Language. 3d ed. U.S., International Law Institute, 2009. Lesson 16

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3. Constitutional Law


Topics

  • Bill of Rights
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Full Faith and Credit
  • Due Process
  • Equal Protection
  • Standing
  • Mootness
  • Commerce Clause
  • Federalist Papers
  • Judicial Review
  • Ripe
  • Diversity Jurisdiction
  • Federal Courts
  • State Courts
  • Legislative History
  • Freedom of Press
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Ratification
  • Executive Branch
  • Privacy

Materials

  • WOJCIK, Mark E., Introduction to Legal English: An Introduction to Legal Terminology, Reasoning, and Writing for Lawyers and Business Professionals Who Speak English as a Second Language. 3d ed. U.S., International Law Institute, 2009. Lesson 9

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4. Contracts


Topics

  • Offeror
  • Offeree
  • Acceptance
  • Consideration
  • Promissory Estoppel
  • Unilateral Contract
  • Revocation
  • Option Contract
  • Incapacity
  • Duress
  • State of Frauds
  • Unconscionability
  • Third-Party Beneficiary
  • Breach of Contract
  • Detrimental Reliance
  • Material Breach
  • Rescind
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Warranty
  • Meeting of Minds

Materials

  • WOJCIK, Mark E., Introduction to Legal English: An Introduction to Legal Terminology, Reasoning, and Writing for Lawyers and Business Professionals Who Speak English as a Second Language. 3d ed. U.S., International Law Institute, 2009. Lesson 6
  • HANDOUT: Using "Have to" to Express Legal Duty or Requirement

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5. Torts


Topics

  • Tort
  • Assault
  • Punitive Damages
  • Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress (IIED)
  • Negligence
  • Libel
  • Restatement
  • Vicarious Liability
  • False Imprisonment
  • Proximate Cause
  • Misrepresentation
  • Trespass to Land
  • Intent
  • Immunity
  • Nuisance
  • Preponderance of the Evidence
  • Reasonably Prodent Person
  • Pima Facie Cause of Action
  • Elements of a Tort
  • Liable

Materials

  • WOJCIK, Mark E., Introduction to Legal English: An Introduction to Legal Terminology, Reasoning, and Writing for Lawyers and Business Professionals Who Speak English as a Second Language. 3d ed. U.S., International Law Institute, 2009. Lesson 11

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6. Business Entities


Topics


Materials

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7. Commercial Law


Topics


Materials

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8. Criminal Justice


Topics

  • Kidnapping
  • State's Attorney
  • Attorney General
  • Public Defender
  • Search Warrant
  • White Collar Crime
  • Acquit
  • Double Jeopardy
  • Motion to Suppress
  • Conspirancy
  • Probation
  • Miranda Warnings
  • Plea Bargain
  • Closing Statements
  • Bail
  • Contraband
  • "I plea (or take) the Fifth"
  • Speedy Trial
  • "Nolo Contendere"
  • Grand Jury

Materials

  • WOJCIK, Mark E., Introduction to Legal English: An Introduction to Legal Terminology, Reasoning, and Writing for Lawyers and Business Professionals Who Speak English as a Second Language. 3d ed. U.S., International Law Institute, 2009. Lesson 13

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9. Civil Procedure


Topics

  • Complaint
  • Answer
  • Discovery
  • Interrogatories
  • Summary Judgment
  • Directed Verdict
  • Motion to Dismiss
  • Forum Non Conveniens
  • Statute of Limitations
  • Default Judgement
  • Class Action
  • Erie Doctrine
  • Long-Arm Statute
  • Venue
  • Deposition
  • Pleading
  • Counter Claim
  • Issue of First Impression
  • Injunction
  • Antisuit Injunction

Materials

  • WOJCIK, Mark E., Introduction to Legal English: An Introduction to Legal Terminology, Reasoning, and Writing for Lawyers and Business Professionals Who Speak English as a Second Language. 3d ed. U.S., International Law Institute, 2009. Lessons 2 and  12

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10. Review


  • WOJCIK, Mark E., Introduction to Legal English: An Introduction to Legal Terminology, Reasoning, and Writing for Lawyers and Business Professionals Who Speak English as a Second Language. 3d ed. U.S., International Law Institute, 2009. Lesson 14
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