Spanish for American Lawyers

Law 417






The basic goal is to focus on acquiring a working legal vocabulary in Spanish which will enable one to work with Spanish speaking immigrants, resident aliens and citizens who use Spanish as their primary language. The course will focus on legal issues that largely impact the Spanish speaking client. We cover major areas of the law such as family, immigration, criminal, torts, and employment. We invite several guest speakers who are experts in these fields to add dimension to the material we are studying. We also consider legal issues within a cultural context.

This course is intended for individuals who have a very good working knowledge of Spanish typically attained by having studied Spanish three or four semesters in college. Individuals who have an equivalent working knowledge of Spanish are also welcome. Fluency in Spanish is not required, however, class presentations, guest speakers and much of the class will be conducted in Spanish.

This course is not intended to enable you to function as a legal interpreter. It is intended to enable you to work with Spanish speaking clients. You will, however, acquire a facility in interpreting common legal issues in Spanish. 

S. Novinsky

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