Many lawyers have some level of English, but not necessarily Legal English. There are many reasons why a lawyer should improve their Legal English skills. In this post, we will discuss 6 of those reasons.
Are you thinking of improving your Legal English skills? Or perhaps you are still on the fence and not sure if it is worth your time and effort? Continue reading to learn about 6 reasons to improve your Legal English.
In the globalized world of the 21st Century, the importance of understanding a common language is paramount. On the other hand, time is limited. What should a lawyer spend their time working on?
Below are 6 Reasons to Improve your Legal English. By dedicating the time to accomplishing this, you will be setting yourself as a more competent and successful attorney!
6 Reasons to Improve Your Legal English
1. Talk to Clients
In many legal markets there is a growing number of potential clients that may not speak the local language. These international clients often need to hire lawyers to set up new businesses, assist with banking matters or purchasing real estate, deal with immigration issues, or consult in various other legal matters. When a lawyer can comfortably communicate with these potential clients in English, then the lawyer is poised to attract many new clients.
2. Talk to Colleagues
When negotiating international transactions, it is paramount to be able to talk directly with the other side. If you have to rely on a junior lawyer or a translator, there is a risk something will be misunderstood or lost in the translation. Additionally, there are numerous international conferences that offer excellent training as well as networking. When a lawyer can communicate with international colleagues in English, then the lawyer can take advantage of many opportunities.
3. Read Court Decisions
There are many important court decisions that are available in English. Of course decisions from the UK and the US, but also many international tribunals such as the European Court of Human Rights, European Court of Justice, World Trade Organization's Appellate Body, etc. There are many international commercial arbitration decisions that are available in English, as well. When a lawyer can read and understand these court decisions, then the lawyer is poised to better advocate for their client.
4. Read Scholarly Research
Beyond court decisions, there is an abundant amount of scholarly research available in English. If researching International Law or European Union Law, there are many treatises and other important works that are in English. If researching a fine point of law, it may be that there is not much research for this particular topic in your native language, but there probably is research available in English. When a lawyer can conduct legal research in English, as well as their native language, then the lawyer can take advantage of a much larger pool of legal knowledge.
5. Enhance Your Abilities
Knowledge is power. Many law firms expect their attorneys to increase their skills and advance their professional knowledge. By increasing your Legal English skills, you are enhancing your abilities as a lawyer, making yourself more marketable as a lawyer, and also becoming more useful to your law firm.
6. Access Online Materials
There are many online resources that are available in English: Professional databases, general scholarship, or news and other information sites. By increasing your Legal English skills (and general English skills) then this online world becomes available to you.
Legal English skills are worth improving!
What do you think of these 6 reasons? What are your top reasons? Comment below!!!
Stay tuned for our future post of How to Improve my Legal English.