Years ago, when I started teaching English for Lawyers, there was an excellent book by Alison Riley that proved excellent: English for Law. I still happen to use it. Let me now share this new proposal by the same author and Patricia Sours.
Common Law Legal English and Grammar
A Contextual Approach
Alison Riley and Patricia Sours
Lord Denning, an influential but controversial English judge, stated that 'Words are the lawyer's tools of trade'. This course book reflects that conviction as it focuses on words, the language of the law - legal terms, expressions, and grammar - introduced systematically with relevant aspects of the law, and examined in context through analytical reading activities based on original legal texts selected for their interest and importance in different branches of the common law system. This book explores constitutional law, criminal law, tort, and contract; yet includes international legal contexts, with a particular focus on human rights and European law.
The presentation of legal concepts and terminology in context in
each chapter is graded so that the course progresses, building on
the vocabulary and law encountered in earlier chapters. Each
chapter, organized thematically, includes a series of activities
- tasks - to complete, yet the book does not presuppose previous
knowledge of legal English or of the common law: full answer keys
and reflective commentary on both legal and linguistic aspects
are given and sections marked 'Advanced' offer especially
challenging materials. Consolidation sections are designed to
test students' global comprehension of the legal texts analysed,
including precise usage of legal vocabulary in context, with
Common Law Legal English and Grammar is addressed to the non-native speaker of English, and in particular, intermediate to advanced students who are studying law, or academics with a professional interest in Anglo-American law. Practising lawyers will also find that the book offers valuable analysis of the language of legal documents.
Please note, this book is not available for purchase in Italy.
Alison Riley is Lecturer in Legal English at the University of Ferrara.
Patricia Sours is Lecturer in Legal English at the University of Padua.
June 2014 528pp Pbk 9781849465762 £25 / €32.50
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