Legal French for lawyers
Legal French for lawyers.
Legal French for lawyers.
BLCC developed the ‘French for Lawyers’ programme in collaboration with the Kortrijk Bar, the Veurne Bar, the Leuven Language Institute and KU Leuven Kulak’s Post University Centre. This means the programme is perfectly suited to the requirements in legal practice.
In the course, you look at specific legal areas in depth, for example, criminal law, property law, civil law, and the law of persons and family. In addition to your language trainer, you will also have access to specialist e-learning modules.
Could this be for you?
You are or are training to be a lawyer in a law firm, company lawyer, notary, legal assistant, legal administrative officer, compliance officer, civil servant, social worker, or you are a student studying Legal Practice or Law. You are a wizard with legal jargon, but not (yet) when it’s in French!
You already have command of French to a good intermediary level. That means you speak effortlessly and can function well in a range of situations. But you lack the necessary legal terminology to do your job in French with the same impact as in your native language. You would like to use more nuances when communicating with clients. You still find legal texts difficult sometimes. You also want to give a lucid explanation of their contents to your clients.
What you can do after this course
- Use general terminology and specific legal terminology.
- Record agreements with your clients.
- Have fluid conversations with your clients, whether face-to-face or by phone, in which you give them legal advice, answer their questions or explain things.
- Structure your explanations.
- Argue your case.
- Write fluid e-mails.
The skills you need for this course
You need a basic command of French to do this course. That means you can hold a basic conversation in a familiar context.
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