Published works related to “legal English”

Below are a list of articles, books, and other materials on or related to the intersection of law with language support, linguistics, and cross-cultural issues. This is a work in progress. Please feel free to let us know of others worth adding to the list.

Law, English & Linguistics

  1. A Preliminary Analysis of Law Review Notes, Feak & Reinhart
  2. Developing Legal Writing Materials for Second Language Learners
  3. Conceptual blending in legal writing: Linking definitions to factsAlissa Hartig, English for Specific Purposes, 2016.
  4. Forensic Linguistics and ELP, presentation by Alissa Hartig
  5. Legal English by Jill Northcott
  6. Linguistics and the Composition of Legal Documents: Border Crossings, 22 Legal Studies Forum 697 (1998) (Elizabeth Fajans with M. Falk)
  7. Parse the Sentence First:  Curbing the Urge to Resort to the Dictionary When Interpreting Legal Texts by Craig Hoffman – abstract 6 N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y 401 (2002-2003)
  8. Plain English and legal writing: Comparing expert and novice writers, Hartig, A. J., & Lu, X. (2014), English for Specific Purposes, 33, 87-96.
  9. Using Discourse Analysis Methodology to Teach “Legal English” by Craig Hoffman (Professor of Legal Discourse at Georgetown)  Professor Hoffman found that international LL.M. students’ “unfamiliarity with the English language was much less problematic than their unfamiliarity with our federal common law legal system and the conventions of U.S. Legal Discourse.”

Cross-cultural Law & Teaching

  1. Is “Logic” Culturally Based? A Contrastive, International Approach to the U.S. Law Classroom by Jill Ramsfield  
  2. Overcoming Challenges in the Global Classroom:  Teaching Legal Research and Writing to International Law Students and Law Graduates, Mark Wojcik, Diane Peneys Edelman   “They would also benefit from instruction on post-reading analytical skills, such as use of graphs and predictive analysis.”
  3. Triage in the Trenches of the Legal Writing Course:  The Theory and Methodology of Analytical Critique by Daniel Barnett 
  4. When Socrates Meets Confucius:  Teaching Creative and Critical Thinking Across Cultures Through Multilevel Socratic Method, Erin Ryan 

Law School Textbooks for LL.M./International Students

  1. American Legal English, Debra Lee, et al. 
  2. Drafting International Agreements in Legal English, Edward W. Daigneault,  (Manz, 2005) K 94 .D35 2005 Law Stacks
  3. Introduction to Legal English:  An Introduction to Legal Terminology, Reasoning, and Writing in Plain English, by Mark Wojcik
  4. The International Lawyer’s Guide to Legal Analysis and Communication in the United States by Deborah McGregor, Cynthia Adams
  5. Legal English: an Introduction to the Legal Language and Culture of the United States,Teresa Brostoff & Ann Sinsheimer, 2d ed. (Oceana Publications, c2003)  KF 272 .B76 2003 Law Stacks
  6. Starting Off Right in Law School, Carolyn J. Nygren
  7. United States Law: An Introduction for International Students by Daniel Edelson (Kindle)
  8. United States Legal Discourse:  Legal English for Foreign LLMs, Craig Hoffman