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The Language of International Business: Washington University School of Law, the First Top-tier University to offer an Online Legal English Class for Foreign Lawyers

Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, has begun offering a ground-breaking course in Legal English to help international legal practitioners develop the skills needed to conduct law-related business matters. The law school is the first top-tier U.S. law school to offer such a course in an online format, allowing legal practitioners to develop related skills without having to travel to the United States for an extended stay.

Legal English: “Indictment”

An “indictment” is a formal accusation that a person has committed a crime. After issuance of the indictment, that person is “indicted.” While “indictment” is a noun, the word can be used in related forms (e.g., verb, adjective), as demonstrated in the following example passages...

Legal English: “Ex Parte”

Today’s phrase, “ex parte,” is a Latin term that literally means “from one party.” Judicial proceedings regarding a pending litigation are said to be ex parte when one of the principal parties to the litigation is absent from the proceedings...

Top Legal Books Every Lawyer Should Read

Books have the power to teach us new things about life and the world and the ability to transform the way we act. As lawyers, continuing to learn, improving your skills and staying engaged are a large part of developing a successful legal career.

Legal English: “Fresh Start”

Today’s phrase, “fresh start,” is an English term that is used to describe a situation in which parties agree to treat past interactions as forgotten, and to re-commence a relationship or project as if it were new. The term is not necessarily linked to a legal context in any way...

Legal English: “Equitable”

The word “equitable” refers to legal decisions that are made based on fairness rather than law.

Traditionally, the court system in the U.S. was divided into courts of law and courts of equity. Courts of law were able to grant monetary...