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Legal English and a second foreign language

Strengthening your language training

An ESADE law degree includes a strong element of language training in its study plan: you will study part of the degree in English – and you will also study English as a mandatory language; and up to a second (French or German) and third optional language (Portuguese, Mandarin or Arabic). On completion, your excellent language training, together with the transnational law training included in the degree, will make you a lawyer with a clear international profile. You can develop your professional career anywhere in the world.

Gradual Spanish-English programme

English is a compulsory subject throughout the programme: You’ll graduate having earned the equivalent of the Advanced Certificate. In addition, the curriculum combines subjects in Spanish with those taught completely in English such as Legal Ethics and Comparative Law. You will increasingly enrol in classes taught in English as you progress throughout the programme. By the time you graduate, 40% of your subjects will have been taught in English. 

Mandatory English

In addition to taking courses in English, you will take specific annual English courses during the first three years of the degree. These subjects include Legal English: in which you will acquire all the key vocabulary and expressions used in the practice of law. If you wish, you can complete an optional fourth course, which will enable you to reach English Proficiency level.

French or German

You’ll sit up to 6 hours every week in small and highly participatory classes taught by native speakers. Your fluency in this second foreign language will not be just in terms of legal vocabulary but also in terms of key competencies such as public speaking and writing legal documents.

Portuguese, Mandarin or Arabic

Once you have completed the mandatory level of English, and the optional second language (if you decide to take it), you can take a third optional language: Portuguese, Mandarin, or Arabic.

The Mandatory English courses comprise three phases:

  • 1

    Research and expanding your mastery of legal English to include all branches of the Law; you will also work on your writing skills through cases.

  • 2

    An introduction to oral communication techniques and rhetoric.

  • 3

    An in-depth simulation of trials in English and persuasive oral presentations using different techniques.

How are the classes?

ESADE language training, whether it is mandatory English or optional languages, is marked by a practical methodology that revolves around legal content. You will learn each language by working mini-cases, conducting research, studying decisions, making presentations, participating in role-playing games and debates, speaking in public, presenting arguments in front of your classmates, and participating in case retrials (analysis of the facts of a case).

In this way, you will naturally learn to speak fluently in international legal environments.