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Rechtsenglisch - Angebot des Sprachenzentrums

 Fachsprachenkurse  Englisch für Juristen,  die vom Sprachenzentrum angeboten werden. /
Legal English courses offered by the Language Centre


Allgemeine Bemerkungen

Alle unten stehenden Kurse  lassen sich als Zusatzqualifikation für das Deutsche Rechtsstudium an der Viadrina anrechnen.

Diese Kursewerden alle  ONLINE im SoSem. 2021 unterrichtet..

Anmeldung läuft über ViaCampus, aber ist  erst möglich, wenn Sie eine Einstufung haben, oder die HF-Prüfung bereits bestanden haben.

Wichtig: wenn Sie nicht  im letzten Semester schon eingestuft oder befreit wurden*, müssen Sie am 7. April um 14.00 den Einstufungstest machen.  Information hierzu finden Sie hier.

Einen Überblick über den Aufbau des Sprachprogramms finden Sie hier.

*Sie können sich mit bestimmten Englisch-Zeugnissen von der Einstufung befreien lassen und sich direkt für "English for Law 1" anmelden.

Important: if you did not already do the placement test last semester, or were not otherwise given a placement by the Lektorat last semester*, you must take the placement test on Wed. 7th April, 2pm.  

An overview of how the Language Centre programme is structured can be found here.

*If you have certain English certificates you can be exempted from placement and go directly to English for Law 1.You will first need to take your certificate to the Secretary's Office of the Language  Centre.


 English for Human Rights Law  - Oberstufe  (Course Number on ViaCampus: 3202019 )


Lesson times:

Tuesdays, 16-18 s.t.
Entry requirements:

 "O" for Oberstufe on the placment test.


CEFR target level:

You will have achieved B2 if you take and pass the HF exam. (This is necessary if you want to go on to do the highest level courses, English for Law 1 and 2)  You do not need to take the HF to gain the Zusatzqualifikation, however.


 We will cover both European and international Human Rights law - working with human rights case law, understanding legal commentaries on human rights issues, presenting oral arguments on a legal problem.

 It will be of particular interest to law students (e.g. Deutsches Rechtsstudium) and students on the BA Recht und Politik.

 Please note: unlike normal Oberstufe courses, it does not directly prepare you for the HF exam. Therefore, students wanting to take the HF exam are advised to take a second Oberstufe course for more direct examination preparation.


English for Law 1 (Course Number on ViaCampus: 3202029 )

Lesson times:

Mon. 9-11 c.t.

Wed. 18-20 c.t.

Entry requirements:

  • Normally, you must have passed the HF Exam before taking the course. For this you need to have taken two Oberstufe courses or be exempted (befreit) from having to take the HF exam.

  • Information on exemption (Befreiung)

CEFR target level:

You will have achieved C1 (UNIcert III), after completing the second course, English for Law 2

 This course provides practice in legal English language skills, and gives background in the English legal system, how Common Law works. The second half of the course focuses on Criminal Law.  Students wanting to do the UNIcert III examination will need also to do English for Law 2.



English for Law 2 (Course Number on ViaCampus: 3202030 )

Lesson times:

Final times will be arranged with students from last semester's English for Law 1.

Entry requirements:

You must normally have passed the course English for Law 1.

- Exception: Students who have already studied some law in England or some other common law country (e.g. on a semester abroad),  may be able to go directly to this course without doing English for Law 1 – please contact Richard Bland.

CEFR target level:

C1  upon passing UNIcert 3.

 This course builds on skills and knowledge acquired in  "English for Law 1".  There is more emphasis on legal professional practice, and on listening and presentation skills.

The course prepares for the UNIcert 3 examination.

Main areas of law : contract law, commercial law, torts, negligence.