Legal French


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(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:
You studied French in secondary school.

This course trains students to read, independently process and write French texts in a broad legal context. Legal doctrine, jurisprudence as well as legislation are dealt with. The legal texts and themes have been selected in close consultation with professors and research assistants.
On the one hand, students’ reading skills are developed by means of authentic texts (judgements, contracts,etc.). On the other hand, their writing skills are improved by focusing on style, register, coherence and grammatical accuracy.
In addition, your legal vocabulary will be enhanced by means of elaborate vocabulary lists and exercises.
Finally, you will also get a chance to improve your speaking and listening skills through group work, pair work and debates.

Legal topics dealt with in this course include a general introductory chapter and:

  • La fédéralisation
  • Le droit des obligations
  • Le droit des personnes et le droit familial
  • Le droit pénal
  • Le droit social
  • Le droit communautaire

Grammatical items dealth with include a.o.:

  • participe présent /v/ gérondif /v/adjectif verbal
  • subjonctif
  • conditionnel

Placement test: No

Administrative data

Course abbreviation: FSR

Programme: VTO

Course fees

Price category: E

Useful info

Special information:

Course book:
Weylandt E. (coörd.) en Vandenbulcke L. (2016): À la découverte du français juridique, Bruxelles: La Charte.

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.

Recommended books:

  • Bescherelle (2006): La conjugaison pour tous, Paris: Hatier
  • De Spiegeleer J. e.a (2007):.Grammaire 2000, Deurne: Wolters Plantyn
  • Moors J. m.m.v. Theissen S. (2006): Juridisch woordenboek Frans-Nederlands, Brugge: Die Keure
  • Moors J. m.m.v. Theissen S. (2006): Juridisch woordenboek Nederlands-Frans, Brugge: Die Keure
  • Van Dale Pocketwoordenboek Frans-Nederlands – Utrecht: Van Dale
  • Van Dale Pocketwoordenboek Nederlands-Frans – Utrecht: Van Dale

Recommended books extra information:
If you buy one or more of these books 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.


Number of tuition hours: 24 contact + 6 self study

Period: each semester

Nr. of hours per week: 1 x 3

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

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