Course: Legal English 1

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Course title Legal English 1
Course code UJP/AP1
Organizational form of instruction Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Vokrojová Renáta, Mgr. et Mgr.
Course content
Week 1: Introduction. Crime, punishment and the law - vocabulary Week 2: Law and order, the police, crime prevention, division of crimes Vocabulary for law Week 3: An introduction to criminal law: the nature of crime, actus reus, mens rea. Week 4: A case study on coincidence of actus reus and mens rea. Week 5: Central features of the English legal system: Common law and Equity Development of common law. Growth of equity Week 6: Case study: Miller v. Jackson [1977] QB 966. Classifications of law Criminal law and Civil law - differences. The way cases are cited Week 7: Substantive and procedural law. Sources of law. Case law Week 8: Hierarchy of courts The binding element in precedents: ratio decidendi, obiter dictum. Week 9: A case study in precedent: Donoghue v. Stevenson [1932] AC 562 Tutton & others v. A.D. Walter ltd. [1986] QB 61 Week 10: Statute law. The purpose of statutory interpretation Week 11: Legal skills test Revision and consolidation Week 12: Final test Week 13: Evaluation

Learning activities and teaching methods
Collaborative instruction, Task-based study method, Seminar classes, Self-study of literature
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 10 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report in a foreign language) (10-15) - 15 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 52 hours per semester
  • Preparation for formative assessments (2-20) - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for comprehensive test (10-40) - 40 hours per semester
prerequisite
professional knowledge
Student: - understands the main ideas of texts and conversations concerning everyday life - can write simple texts on familiar topics which are grammatically and lexically correct
professional skills
Student: - can describe experiences, events, expectations, desires, and can explain attitudes and plans - can use more complicated grammatical structures in speaking and writing (e.g. conditionals, reported speech, etc.)
learning outcomes
professional knowledge
Students can: - explain in presentation or discussion the main principles of Anglo-American Law in the area of Common Law, equity, Criminal Law and judicial interpretation of statues - apply the acquired legal terminology in speaking and writing - understand the main ideas of judicial decisions
professional skills
Students can: - present their own attitudes to particular criminal cases and to propose a model solution based on precedents - justify their opinions in discussions with fellow students and native speakers - recognize the main signs of legal register - independently and effectively communicate in professional situations covered in the course
teaching methods
professional knowledge
Task-based study method
Collaborative instruction
Self-study of literature
Seminar classes
assessment methods
Test
Skills demonstration during seminar
Individual presentation at a seminar
Quality of a written report
Recommended literature
  • Black, Henry Campbell. Blackův právnický slovník II. Sv.2. Praha : Victoria Publishing, 1993. ISBN 80-85605-23-6(2.
  • Black, Henry Campbell. Blackův právnický slovník I. Praha : Victoria Publishing, 1993. ISBN 80-85605-23-6(1.
  • Krois-Lindner, Amy. International Legal English : a course for classroom or self-study use. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006. ISBN 0-521-67517-0.
  • Mason. C., Atkins. R. The Lawyers English language Coursebook. England, 2015. ISBN 978-0-95407-14-31.
  • Rossini, Christine. English as a legal language. The Hague : Kluwer Law International, 1998. ISBN 90-411-9680-3.
  • Russell, Frances; Locke, Christine. English Law and Language : an Introduction for Students of English. 1 st ed. New York : Phoenix ELT, 1995. ISBN 0-13-280454-9.
  • Slapper, G., Kelly, D. The English Legal System. Routledge:. London and New York, 2015. ISBN 978-0-415-72633-7.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Law Public Administration (16) Law, legal and public administration proceeding - Winter
Faculty of Law Law (17) Law, legal and public administration proceeding 1 Winter
Faculty of Law Law (14) Law, legal and public administration proceeding 1 Winter
Faculty of Law Public Administration (15) Law, legal and public administration proceeding - Winter
Faculty of Law Public Administration (12) Law, legal and public administration proceeding - Winter
Faculty of Law Public Administration (14) Law, legal and public administration proceeding - Winter
Faculty of Law Public Administration (17) Law, legal and public administration proceeding - Winter
Faculty of Law Law (13) Law, legal and public administration proceeding - Winter
Faculty of Law Law (16) Law, legal and public administration proceeding 1 Winter
Faculty of Law Public Administration (13) Law, legal and public administration proceeding - Winter
Faculty of Law Law (15) Law, legal and public administration proceeding 1 Winter
Faculty of Law Law (11) Law, legal and public administration proceeding 1 Winter