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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...

Legal English: “Common Law”

Today’s phrase “common law” refers to the legal system that was created in England and adopted in the United States, which uses previous court decisions to determine the outcome of the cases currently before the court. These previous decisions are...

Tips for Public Speaking in a Second Language

Giving a presentation or speaking in public in your native language can be nerve wracking. Presenting in a second language can seem like an insurmountable task. But the reality is . . .

Legal English: “Due Process”

Today’s phrase, “due process,” is a critical legal concept, especially in the field of criminal law. Essentially, due process can be thought of as fairness in execution and administration of the law, legal processes, and the judicial system...

Financing Your LL.M.: Loans for International Students

Graduate education can be expensive regardless of where you choose to pursue your degree, in the United States an average LL.M. will cost between $50,000 and $70,000. As a result, financing your LL.M. can be a challenge...

Legal English: “En Banc”

Today’s phrase, “en banc” is a French legal term that literally translates to “on a bench.” A group of judges is said to be reviewing a case en banc when all of the judges of the court preside over the case together, as opposed to a case heard by a single judge or by...