Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

DROI1241 - Foreign legal terminologies : Legal English and reading of Dutch legal texts


Credits : 6

Lecturers :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first and second term, 75 hours of theory.

Language of instruction :

Learning activities :
DROI1241A - Legal English [2 Q. • 45 Th. • Pond. : 3] Eadaoin Ni Chaoimh
DROI1241B - Reading Dutch legal texts [1 Q. • 30 Th. • Pond. : 2] Paul-Vlad Ciocotisan, Stef Feyen, Pauline Mahieu, Dries Van Eeckhoutte

Learning outcomes :
This learning activity aims to provide students with knowledge of a second legal language.

By the end of the course, the student should be able to show that:
- S/he has acquired a basic knowledge of the structures, main concepts and basic legal terminology pertaining to UK/US legal systems (Common Law);
- S/he is able to consult legal documentation in the English language, more precisely demonstrating an ability to understand texts of doctrine, legislation and jurisprudence;
- S/he is able, using easily comprehensible language, to explain and debate legal texts of limited technical depth as well as the structures, concepts and basic terminology pertaining to UK and US legal systems within the framework of the course materials taught at lectures.

Prerequisites :
For the Bachelor in Law :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
The course is organized in two parts:
The first is aimed at reinforcing students' general language skills and acquiring the basic concepts of UK/US legal terminology through reading comprehension, listening exercises and speaking practice.
The second part consists of the study of a selection of areas of the law pertinent to anglophone (Common Law) legal systems and the analysis of legal cases/judgements taken from UK, US and International jurisdictions.

Supplementary reading materials may be made available via Moodle during the trimester.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Lectures accompanied by task-based practical activities, which require active preparation and student participation in and outside of class. Lectures and/or tutorials may be given online, depending on public health advice linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

Assessment methods and criteria :
The evaluation consists of two parts to be carried out by means of:

• A practical collaborative [written] assignment to be submitted during the term in which the course is taught (50% of the grade)

• An oral exam (50% of the grade). The oral exam may take place in person or online via Teams, depending on health and safety requirements.

Recommended or required reading :

Study materials may be made available and bibliographical references given and discussed during the year.