Legal English


Second semester Register

(1) OT: date of placement test

(2) Where? In the "Where?" column you will find the name of the room or auditorium where the course takes place. You will find detailed info in the "Where to find us?" section.

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Content information

Starting level:
Secondary school level of English.

This course teaches you to read, understand and write English texts in a broad legal context.
Your reading skills are further developed making use of authentic texts (e.g.: decrees, contracts, etc.).
Your writing skills are also enhanced: you learn how to write correct English texts paying attention to style, register, coherence, and grammatical correctness.
Moreover, your formal and legal English vocabulary will be practised and further extended.
This course will also enhance your speaking and listening skills through group work, debates and pair work.


Legal topics that will be dealt with include:

  • Criminal Law
  • The Legal Profession
  • Contract Law
  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • European Law

Specific grammatical items include:

  • Relative clauses
  • The tenses (esp. Present Perfect vs Simple Past)
  • Linking words
  • The passive voice

Placement test: No

Administrative data

Course abbreviation: ELS

Programme: VTO

Course fees

Price category: E

Useful info

Contact person:

 Tom De Moor

Special information:

  • How to register: For the legal language courses you register online. The course fee should be transferred immediately after receiving your payment invitation.

Course book:
Van den Eede, K. (2012), You'll be the judge of that! A guide to legal English, Gent: Academia Press.

If you buy this book at Standaard Boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent you receive a discount of 10% on the official price. Just mention that you are a UCT student. As you buy this book yourself the UCT offers a € 10 discount calculated in the course price.


Number of tuition hours: 24 contact + 6 self study

Period: 2nd sem.

Nr. of hours per week: 1 x 3

Course book available at: Standaard Boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent

For who?: 2nd and 3rd year bachelor, 1st and 2nd year master students of the Faculty of Law and Criminology