Legal English is an essential skill for professional jurists working in an international setting. Notably in Taiwan, legal English is since 2011 a new professional subject, which is tested on national exams. In the light of these developments, the author hopes that this book might help students prepare for the national exams, but also promote their future legal careers in a globalized world.
This book introduces six legal topics focusing on contract law (Chapter 1), tort law (Chapter 2), company law and securities regulations (Chapter 3), constitutional law (Chapter 4), criminal law and criminal procedure (Chapter 5), as well as civil procedure law (Chapter 6). It thus offers a comprehensive and systematic overview that covers the broad scope of legal English as required by the national exams. In particular, the third edition of this book now also includes the legal English exam questions that have been tested on the national exams for judges, prosecutors and lawyers since 2011.1
Each chapter starts with a summary of Anglo-American law that explains some of the most significant rules and principles, including English-Chinese translations of basic words and phrases. The second part provides excerpts from respective laws in the Republic of China (Taiwan), which contain important key terms or are interesting from a comparative perspective. The third part encourages students to apply and practice their newly acquired knowledge by filling out certain exercises that will help them to become familiar and remember special terminologies. The correct answers can be found in the last part of each chapter, thus offering a useful tool for review and self-check.
Hoping that this book may serve as a valuable contribution for legal English courses taught at universities, as well as for objectives of self-study, the author would like to express her deep gratitude for the support from Fu Jen Catholic University, School of Law, its faculty members, administrative staff, and student assistants!
1 The exam questions and answers are available at the homepage of the Ministry of Examination R.O.C (Taiwan), wwwq.moex.gov.tw/exam/wFrmExamQandASearch.aspx (accessed 11.10.2019).