Curriculum

Spanish for Lawyers

Credits: 2.00
Faculty: Shonna Trinch

Prerequisite: Students should have at least an elementary knowledge of Spanish (undergraduate Spanish I and II) or have had a real world experience with Spanish (i.e., as a heritage speaker or through travels) that would provide the equivalent to having taken Spanish I and II in college.

With approximately 30 million Spanish-speakers living in the United States, more and more, attorneys are finding they need Spanish language skills in their practice of law. Additionally, as Spain and Latin America continue to provide a wealth of opportunities for business and commerce, U.S. lawyers are realizing the benefits of having fluency in Spanish. This one-week Spanish for Lawyers course will provide students with instruction that will aid them in learning a legal vocabulary in Spanish and some basic legal grammatical structures that will help them more effectively communicate with Spanish-speaking clients. Though we may discuss Latin American and Spanish civil law traditions, the course will focus on legal issues that often affect Spanish-speaking people in the U.S. These may include immigration, housing, family law, domestic violence and the role of interpreting in legal settings.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade only. Evaluations will be based on short quizzes, class participation in Spanish and a final exam.

A textbook and instructional packet are required materials for the course.