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Course Code: LAWSPAN

Spanish for the Legal Field Programme

A Professional Qualification for Professional Participants

Law is a global profession. An understanding of more than one legal system, language and culture can open up a world of opportunity.

With a Certificate in Legal Spanish, the participant will be able to demonstrate to potential employers that they have attained an advanced level of fluency in spoken and written Legal Spanish, as well as a broad understanding of Hispanic cultural practices and beliefs related to Law. The participant will also be able to integrate their linguistic and cultural skills into the knowledge and skills related to their specialty in the legal field.

The series of courses in Spanish for the Legal Field is offered at three levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level is subdivided into Phase I and Phase II, for a total of six separate courses. Upon succesful completion of both phases of each level, the participant receives a certificate awarded by the CSL. 

Overview

The Spanish for the Legal Field courses cover everything the legal professional needs in the discharge of their duties, including practitioner to client communication, interaction among professionals, research and much more in the foreign language as well as cultural awareness and many other aspects of specialised communication. These courses are designed to acquaint students with the rudiments of the Spanish language and with Spanish legal vocabulary sufficient to permit legal professionals to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking clients.

Scheduled live sessions provide human interaction with a specialist. Although attendance is not mandatory to live sessions, the participant is strongly advised to participate in order to practise and improve their Spanish.

Participants do not require any prior knowledge of Spanish to start. All the skills and knowledge will be acquired from the basic level through the intermediate and up to the advanced level at international standards.

Student Profile

These courses are offered to professionals working in the fields of law, such as lawyers, judges, paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries, patent attorneys, conflict of interest managers, compliance specialist mediators, court reporters, law students, etc, who want to expand their professional opportunities or improve the delivery of their services by learning Spanish for the legal field.

Participants must be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet.

Transferable Skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire: 

  • Effective communication skills
  • Intercultural awareness
  • Critical thinking
  • Historical perspectives
  • Ethical responsibility
  • Independent learning

Programme Details

  • For computers using Windows (minimum system requirement: Windows 10)
  • For computers using Mac (minimum system requirement: OSX 10)
  • For iPad tablets (iOS) (minimum system requirement: iOS 9)
  • For Android tablets (minimum system requirement: Android 5)
  • The use of headphones with working speakers and a microphone is advised.
  • Webcam
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download the Acrobat Reader.
LevelPhaseStructureDuration
Beginner(I)10 practical language sessions 10 weeks
10 individual assignments
Beginner(II)10 practical language sessions 10 weeks
10 individual assignments
Intermediate  (I)12 practical language sessions 12 weeks
12 individual projects
Intermediate  (II)12 practical language sessions 12 weeks
12 individual projects
Advanced (I)20 practical language sessions 20 weeks
20 individual projects
Advanced (II)20 practical language sessions20 weeks
20 individual projects
  • The Spanish for the Legal Field Beginner Phase (I) lays the foundation for specific communication in the legal sector. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required. Participants are able to communicate with Spanish-speaking clients and give advice based on the various cases, using specialised vocabulary and structures in the present and past tenses.
  • The Spanish for the Legal Field Beginner Phase (II) broadens the scope of communication to include exchanges in past, present and future tenses, conditionals, subjunctive, etc. Participants are able to interact with Spanish-speaking clients and explain and describe their cases and options, among other things.
  • The Spanish for the Legal Field Beginner Phase (I) fosters independent research and effective communication using specialised vocabulary and structures. Participants begin to master nuances in grammar, expressions and vocabulary, and increase their level of fluency.
  • The Spanish for the Legal Field Beginner Phase (II) increases the capacity of the participants to conduct independent research and free effective communication using specialised vocabulary and structures. Participants continue to improve mastery of nuances in grammar, expressions and vocabulary, and increase their level of fluency.
  • The Spanish for the Legal Field Advanced Phase (I) exposes participants to higher levels of grammar and specialised vocabulary. Participants engage in more complex activities, such as formal writing, research reporting and speeches.
  • The Spanish for the Legal Field Advanced Phase (II) exposes participants to higher levels of grammar and specialised vocabulary, case studies and more. Participants engage in more complex activities, such as formal writing, research reporting and speeches.

Each lesson is made up of a study unit and assignment.  The learner is required to go through the study unit and do all the parts (written and oral) of the assignment. Assignments are then mailed back to the CSL where experienced tutors correct and return them with comments.

It is estimated that the participant will conduct 3 – 5 hours of independent study per week. 

On successful completion of each level (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced), the participants will receive a Certificate of Completion awarded by the CSL. On partial completion of a level (Phase I) participants obtain a Transcript. In order to get a Pass, students must obtain at least 60% of the overall grade.

Certificates of Completion and Transcripts are prerequisites for the next higher level or phase and will be considered as such for a period of one (1) year. After a year has elapsed, students may have to take a placement test to move forward.

  • Please note that this information is updated regularly. Kindly visit our upcoming courses page for the timetables.

  • A certificate or diploma in the legal field; and/or
  • Demonstrable experience working in the legal field.

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This is a self-funded programme meaning the programme is not GATE funded Click here to view the Fee Structure

For Private custom, click here to view the fees

What happens ​next?

We aim to make a decision on your application as quickly as we can. If we need any more information about your qualifications, we will be in touch.

For further information on the Spanish for the Legal Field course or any of our other courses, please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

All our courses are 100% online. We have students from all over the world.

Persons with previous knowledge of General Spanish would have to start from Phase I Beginner. This is a specialised course and the structure and content in each Phase is unique in Trinidad and Tobago.

Candidates who have studied Spanish before AND who have been using Spanish in a Legal context for some time may be authorised to sit a placement test.

Evidence of having studied Spanish before, such as certificates and transcripts, will be required when requesting a placement test. Placement tests are both written and oral with human interaction with a native speaker specialised in the legal field. The result of our placement test is final.

This certificate can help strengthen your skillset in assisting Spanish-speaking clients as each position in the legal setting works closely with assisting clients through intakes, interviews, documentations, phone calls, emails, writing, and a lot more.

While we do not recommend taking two or more language programmes simultaneously, some may feel they have the capacity in their schedule to perform well. It is estimated that the participant will conduct 3 – 5 hours of independent study per week.