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Legal Terminology and the Judiciary System (Chinese/English)

This course provides an overview of the US judiciary system by way of exploring a corpus of legal terminology that is used in day-to-day legal dealings and court proceedings. You will be introduced to civil law and litigations, including class action, mesothelioma, and personal injury, as well as all aspects of criminal justice, from complaints and allegations to arraignments, indictments, and trials. You also will survey common branches of practice that make up the work of lawyers, including immigration, corporate, landlord-tenant, and personal injury. You will study the interests, jargon, and idiolect of diverse parties involved, such as expert witnesses, plaintiffs, deponents, defendants, the accused, judges, defense attorneys, cops, and prosecutors. In culmination, you will have developed a starter glossary of legal terms for use in the practical, hands-on lab course Legal Sight Translation and Consecutive Interpreting, as well as in your future work as a legal interpreter.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • The skills to compile and organize legal terminology to produce a personalized starter glossary specific to the needs of a working legal interpreter
  • A corpus of legal terms commonly encountered in interpreting between English and Chinese
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