Spanish for Lawyers
The Spanish for Lawyers course offers students the opportunity to enhance existing Spanish communication skills in legal practice. The course will emphasize speaking and listening comprehension through in-class presentations and dialogue. Students will also be assigned reading and writing exercises in Spanish. The course will introduce Spanish legal terminology in areas such as civil and human rights, and criminal, employment, housing and family law. Students will learn how to apply these language skills as future legal practitioners interacting with clients, colleagues and government and judicial officials who possess limited English proficiency in domestic and international contexts. Native or fluent guest lecturers will expose students to legal terminology, concepts and dialects from various Spanish-speaking countries. Student Eligibility: Students must already have basic proficiency in Spanish. The goal of the class is to strengthen existing Spanish language skills. The class is aimed at learning Spanish legal vocabulary and developing culturally competent communication skills. To verify basic Spanish proficiency, the instructor may seek to speak with students by phone prior to admitting them. Elements used in grading: Class Participation, Attendance, Written Assignments, Final Paper.