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Legal English

The aim of the course Legal English is to provide in-depth knowledge of legal English as well as an increased ability to communicate in international legal contexts, both academic and professional, in an effective manner.

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Legal English is given as an elective course within the framework of the exchange programmes at the Department of Law, Stockholm University. Swedish law students admitted by the department are also given access to the course.

Read more about exchange programmes at the Department of Law 

Furthermore, the course will provide the ability to critically analyze legal texts in English and to write such texts themselves, and to present and discuss legal problems in English. As a part of the course, students will also discuss the characteristics of English legal rhetorics.

  • Course structure

    Follow the link below to read more about the course details.

    Syllabus - Legal English


    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures and seminars. The language of instruction is English.


    The course is examined on the basis of active attendance at seminars, the writing of essays as well as oral presentations.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Bryan A. Garner, Legal Writing in Plain English, University of Chicago Press, 2013

  • Course reports

  • More information

    Learning platform

    During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.

    The Departement

    Read more about education at the Department of Law at Stockholm University on our homepage.

    Education - Department of Law 


  • Contact

    Course contact: 

    Course administrator:
    Cecilia Lundström Hägglund

    Course maneger:
    Crina Baltag