The Legal English course content in the first semester for L2 will deal with the Articles of the United States Constitution and legal professions in the US. The course aims to prepare and equip students of Law with the four language skills – reading, listening, writing and speaking – and to give them an insight into the American legal system.
The 8 units on the programme will deal with the Constitution of the United States, with its 7 articles and the working of the Federal Republic. When we say that the United States of America is a ‘Federal Republic’, we refer to the fact that it is made up of fifty sovereign states, each possessing its own constitution, government and legal system. It should however be remembered that there is also a federal level of government, which exists alongside and above the various states. Thus, in the first semester, we shall see how in the US, sovereignty is shared between the different levels based on constitutional norms detailed in the 7 Articles.
We would like to highlight the fact that this is a Legal English course whose main aim is to permit the student to acquire Legal English vocabulary needed to exercise legal professions or to pursue further studies in foreign universities. Our course uses the content of the US constitution to have online exercises based on each Article of the Constitution prepared by the whole Legal English team of Paris 2-Panthéon Assas. 8 units or chapters will be placed on the MOOC, one at a time, regularly each week: with sections on Facts, Comprehension of the Facts, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, Grammar and Legal English Key Words.
Well-chosen texts and exercises prepared by the Legal English team at Paris 2- Panthéon Assas will enable the student to discover how the founding fathers created a system of Checks and Balances, to form a federal republic where no branch, be it the legislative, the executive or the judiciary, is more powerful than the other branches. The Units on Articles 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 of the US constitution contain online exercises, court summaries of decisions, statistics, mid-term election news, video and audio podcasts to give Law students an idea of the powers and limits of the three branches – the Legislative (Congress), the Executive (President) and the Judiciary (Court system), and focusses on the acquiring of the necessary Legal English vocabulary in context.
The team of 4 English professors on the Paris 2 MOOC programme are prepared to help you improve your language skills and widen your understanding of the American legal system.juri