Legal Translation Skills

Course Code: LTS101
Semester: Fall Day: Sat Time: 11:00-12:50 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Start Date: 2022/9/17 End Date: 2022/11/19 Elective certificate: Basic Translation Skills, Legal Assistant Studies Medium of Instruction: English Prerequisites: Eligibility for this course is subject to instructor's approval. A small piece of text to be translated (approximately 150 words) will be provided to applicants via email. The translated text should be sent back by email to or faxed to 03-5441-9811). Students who have already completed one of the Continuing Education department's translation courses (JSL401, BTS101, LTS101, or TTS101) are not required to take the translation test for enrollment. 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 is an introductory course which aims to help students develop strategies for translating between legal English and Japanese. The course content will include specialized legal terminology and related linguistic structures to help prepare students for the translation of legal text and documents from Japanese into English. Different types of legal documents will be provided for students to practice their translation skills.

Learning Objectives

1. Learn specific translation techniques and strategies for legal documents.
2. Learn legal vocabulary and concepts.
3. Learn to find resources for continued improvement.

Who should take this course

Lawyers, paralegals, persons working in legal departments and translators.


No required textbook


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.