Legal English

¥59,999
Course Code: LLE101
Semester: Summer Day: Sat Time: 9:00-10:50 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Start Date: 2022/5/28 End Date: 2022/7/30 Elective certificate: Legal Assistant Studies Medium of Instruction: English Special Notes: This is a hybrid course that you can join either at our Tokyo campus or online via Zoom. Location: Online, Tokyo

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Course Description

This course is designed for attorneys, business people, law students or those with a reasonable proficiency in English and an interest in law. The course will be a good start for those who wish to begin the journey towards being able to read, write, discuss and understand legal topics in English. Material will cover basic concepts in English common law (which is the basis of the legal systems in the United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and many other jurisdictions) as well as elementary legal vocabulary, readings and exercises, with a particular emphasis on areas such as contracts and international trade. We will also examine statutes, case law and contractual provisions in the context of the development of common law.

Learning Objectives

1. Understanding of legal concepts and related vocabulary.
2. Analyzing issues from a legal perspective.
3. Ability to discuss legal topics.

Who should take this course

Attorneys, business people, law students, persons preparing for LLM or other legal study or those with a reasonable proficiency in English and an interest in law

Textbook

No Textbook Required

Instructor

Christopher Rathbone

Instructor Biography

Christopher Rathbone currently works on international transactions with a large Japanese law firm in Tokyo, in addition to being an adjunct professor of Temple University of Japan Law School. He has worked as a legal translator since 2000 and taught classes and provided seminars on legal translation and legal writing for Japanese, Korean, Cambodian and US universities, as well as the Tokyo offices of many top US law firms. Mr. Rathbone graduated with honors from the University of Saskatchewan, earned a JD from the College of Law of the University of Saskatchewan and an LL.M. from Hokkaido University as a Monbusho Scholar. He is admitted as an attorney in Massachusetts.