Legal Terminology 1 is designed for university students and professionals who are studying English as a Foreign language (EFL). It provides a solid foundation in legal English to enable students to understand and communicate in legal situations. It is meant to meet the need for teaching legal vocabulary to non-native speakers of English.
Legal English is a kind of ESP/Professional English. A good command of general English does not automatically make a student proficient in legal English. Therefore, a command of legal English is not just a desirable academic skill. It has become an absolute ‘must’ for today’s many legal professionals working in law-oriented environments.
Legal terminology is a collection of words and phrases that have a precise and peculiar use in the law profession. It is not only used by lawyers but also in a wide range of associated legal professions. It is therefore valuable for anyone who needs to understand and communicate better with legal language, from people who write about business and politics, to paralegals, legal assistants, solicitors, law professors, legal investigators, authorised government inspectors and officers, law enforcement officers and many others.
The vocabulary items in this book are all commonly used in the legal field and cover a wide spectrum of law areas. The material is arranged into ten units, each consists of two lessons. Each lesson is comprised of two manageable parts and each part is followed immediately by a variety of exercises. Review exercises at the end of each unit reinforce and consolidate what students have acquired. These are presented to the student in a regular, controlled fashion. Target words are contextualized to illustrate their meanings and are systematically introduced in manageable sections so that vocabulary development can lead to enhanced language acquisition. Moreover, the frequent recycling of terms throughout the units is a valuable tool to reinforce and consolidate the understanding and using of legal terminology.
To the Student
‘Read, study and learn’ is the key to getting the most benefit from this book. Read through each entry very carefully, studying the definitions,
explanations, and examples which illustrate the meaning of the word. Then read and study them again until you have learnt what the word means and how to use it in context. At the end of each section, exercises are provided so you can practice, and you can check how well you remember the vocabulary you have been studying.
To the Teacher
The vocabulary items in this book are presented systematically, following the principles of learning that lead to successful language acquisition. The items are divided into ten units that cover the most commonly-used words in the legal field.
The principal aim of this book is to ensure that students build up a solid lexical base. This will solve many of the difficulties learners have with both receptive and productive language. For learning to occur, the learner must pay attention to the new material and make an effort to learn it. Every attempt has been made to write definitions and examples in language that students will understand, and various exercises are provided for each unit. Also, at the end of each unit there is a review section focusing on the vocabulary in the unit. Vocabulary items, once introduced, are recycled as frequently as possible in later exercises. Weekly quizzes should be given to test the items covered. Such achievement tests not only inform the teacher about the progress of his students, they also help learning process by motivating learners to study and by giving another meaningful repetition (recycling) of the vocabulary items.
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Legal Terminology 1 is designed for university students and professionals who are studying English as a foreign language (EFL). It provides a solid foundation in legal English to enable students to understand and communicate in legal situations. It is meant to meet the need for teaching legal vocabulary to non-native speakers of English.
-Comprehensive guide to the language of the legal system.
-Most commonly used terms in the legal field.
-Vocabulary items in ten units, two lessons each, divided into manageable sections.
-Terms introduced systematically in a regular, controlled fashion.
-Terms contextualised to emphasise understanding and use.
– A thorough understanding of commonly encountered legal terms.
– Frequent reinforcement and consolidation through recycling terms throughout the units.
– A variety of exercises following immediately manageable sections along with review exercises at the end of each unit.
Legal Terminology is designed for university students and professionals who are studying English as a Foreign language (EFL). It provides a solid foundation in legal English to enable students to understand and communicate in legal situations. It is meant to meet the need for teaching legal vocabulary to non-native speakers of English. It is a comprehensive course to the language of the legal system.
The course consists of ten units, two lessons each. Each lesson is comprised of two manageable parts as follows:
Unit 1 Contract Law
Lesson 1 Part 1: agreement, beneficiary, binding, breach, commitment, condition, contract
Lesson 1 Part 2: contractual, enforce, enforceability, enforceable, obligation, party, termination
Lesson 2 Part 1: acceptance, accept, consumer, demurrage, fraud, joint and several liability, liability
Lesson 2 Part 2: limited liability, liquidation, invalid, partnership, proxy, underwriter, void
Unit 2 Real Estate
Lesson 1 Part 1: auction, backup offer, broker, chattels, commission, cross-lease
Lesson 1 Part 2: consent, conveyance, deed, equity, interest, lease
Lesson 2 Part 1: lender, mortgage, ownership, owner, property
Lesson 2 Part 2: purchaser, settlement date, tendering, title, title deed, vendor
Unit 3 Administrative Law
Lesson 1 Part 1: act, agent, allegation, appeal, appellant, arbitration, arbitrate, arbitrator, claim, claimant
Lesson 1 Part 2: commission, commissioner, contract, defendant, plaintiff, dispute, evidence, impartial, party
Lesson 2 Part 1: argument, bad faith, good faith, compensation, complainant, complaint, conciliation, conciliator, conflict of interest
Lesson 2 Part 2: counsel, damages, exhibit, hearing, hearsay, mediation, mediator, negotiation
Unit 4 International Law
Lesson 1 Part 1: ambassador, comity, consular, convention, de facto, de jure, diplomacy
Lesson 1 Part 2: diplomatic corps, insurgency, international, protocol, ratification, signatory, sovereign
Lesson 2 Part 1: cause of action, competent, domicile, entitled, forum-shopping, infringement, Lesson 2 Part 2: jurisdiction, patent, presumption, supranational, treaty,
Unit 5 Constitutional Law
Lesson 1 Part 1: abridge, amendment, bankruptcy, concur, counsel, delegate, federal, grievance
Lesson 1 Part 2: impeachment, judicial, legislative, legislature, quorum, rule of law, override, sedition
Lesson 2 Part 1: alliance, ally, bill, compromise, confederation, discrimination, exemption, incumbent
Lesson 2 Part 2: insurrection, lobbyist, naturalisation, pardon, revenue, special interest, détente, joint committee
Unit 6 Criminal Law
Lesson 1 Part 1: accessory, accomplice, accused, acquittal, admission, assault, attorney, battery
Lesson 1 Part 2: arraignment, bail, bench warrant, charge, coercion, interrogation, misdemeanour, prosecutor/prosecuting attorney
Lesson 2 Part 1: criminal, cross-examination, custody, disclosure, dismissal, expunge, eyewitness, felony
Lesson 2 Part 2: house arrest, immunity, inadmissible, sentence, summons, search warrant, suspect, testimony, trial, witness
Unit 7 Terms commonly used in courts
Lesson 1 Part 1: accused, admissible, allege, bail, breach, convict, crime
Lesson 1 Part 2: damages, disclaim, docket, guilty, jury, warrant
Lesson 2 Part 1: affidavit, counterclaim, detention, dismissal, estate, indictment, litigation
Lesson 2 Part 2: litigate, litigant, minor, notary, petition, plea, power of attorney, verdict, witness
Unit 8 Family Law
Lesson 1 Part 1: alimony, collusion, joint custody, martial property, marital, matrimonial home, oath, post nuptial agreement, spouse, writ of summons,
Lesson 2 Part 1: annulment, contempt, default, grounds for divorce, injunction, judgement, maintenance
Lesson 2 Part 2: jurisdiction, motion, nullity of marriage, pension, petition, petitioner, reconciliation, separation, subpoena
Unit 9 Intellectual Property Law
Lesson 1 Part 1: assignee, assignment, author, authorised user, certificate of registration, copyright, corporate name
Lesson 1 Part 2: declaration, domain, disclaim, disclaimer, expungement, infringement, infringe
Lesson 2 Part 1: intellectual property, joint ownership, license, licensee, opposition, patent, patentable, piracy, pirate, proprietor, registration, royalty
Lesson 2 Part 2: trademark, trade name, transfer, plagiarism, plagiarize, bootlegging, bootleg, design, fair use, public domain, royalty-free, code of ethics
Unit 10 Wills and Probate
Lesson 1 Part 1: administrator, assets, attorney, attestation, attest, bequest, codicil, coroner, deceased, devise, devisee
Lesson 1 Part 2: donee, donor, estate, executor, grant of probate, guardian, heir, issue, intestate, intestacy
Lesson 2 Part 1: legacy, legatee, minor, moveable property, next-of-kin, notary public, pecuniary legacy, post-mortem, probate
Lesson 2 Part 2: real property, pecuniary bequest, residue, settler, testate, testator, trust, trustee, will
By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
– Define and use terms dealing with the contract law
– Define and use terms dealing with the real estate law.
– Define and use terms dealing with the administrative law.
– Define and use terms dealing with the international law.
– Define and use terms dealing with the constitutional law
– Define and use terms dealing with the criminal law.
– Define and use terms dealing with courts.
– Define and use terms dealing with the family law.
– Define and use terms dealing with the intellectual property law.
– Define and use terms dealing with the wills and probate.