Legal Spanish for the Practicing Attorney

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THU 6:00 - 6:50 pm TNH 3.124

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This course aims to familiarize students with Spanish-language legal concepts and terminology and to better prepare them for the use of Spanish in the practice of law. It is designed for students who are proficient in Spanish, but have limited exposure to its use in legal settings. The course will include lectures, readings, and written exercises, primarily in Spanish. The course size is limited to allow students ample opportunities to participate in classroom discussions and exercises, with an eye toward being comfortable communicating with clients or third parties in professional settings. The course will emphasize practical skills, from engaging clients, to working with interpreters, to preparing legal documents. To provide context, the course will also cover general concepts relating to the civil law tradition, as well as specific areas of law, which may include employment law, immigration law, civil procedure, M&A, or others. We will cover some basic differences between the common law and the civil law systems, and work on how to explain in Spanish some American legal terms and concepts that do not exist in Latin American legal systems. Students are expected to prepare for, attend, and participate in every class session. The course will be primarily conducted in Spanish, but there may be some readings and course activities in English.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

El derecho en espa�±ol *
Katia Fach G�³mez
University of Texas Press , edition: 1
ISBN: 978-0-292-75653-3
The Civil Law Tradition (optional)
John Henry Merryman
Stanford Univ. Press , edition: 3
ISBN: 0-8047-5569-8


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