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Courses - Fall 2023
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Spanish and the Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN311 or SPAN316.
Credit only granted for: SPAN372 or SPAN359O.
Formerly: SPAN359O.
Offers students the opportunity to enhance Spanish linguistic and intercultural communication skills in contexts of legal practice through the translation of a variety of legal documents. Introduces Spanish legal terminology in areas such as immigration, consumer protection, and criminal/employment/housing/family law. Students will learn how to apply these language and cultural skills as future legal practitioners interacting with clients who possess limited English proficiency. Native or fluent guest participants will expose students to legal terminology, registers, and dialects from various Spanish-speaking countries. The goal of the class is to enable students to, at a minimum, conduct intake interviews in a culturally competent fashion with Spanish-speaking clients without the assistance of interpreters. The course is designed to be beneficial for students with varying levels of Spanish language ability, up to and including students who are native or heritage speakers of Spanish. Taught in Spanish