PROGRAMME

SEMESTER 

COURSE NAME

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BA.LLB (Hons.)

III

English-III

 

English – III

Course Introduction:  This course will address Professional Communication skills for lawyers, comprehension of legal language and Judgments and will facilitate students to learn common legal vocabulary and key legal concepts. Emphasis will be laid on professional presentations, fluency in speech, writing with clarity and conciseness and other professional skills for placement and success in the business world. Group discussions, mock interviews, participation in seminars will help students will learn to speak more fluently, accurately, logically and intelligibly and thus prepare them to become good lawyers.

Course Objective:

To make students

  1. participate actively in discussions, debates, & simulations
  2. give impromptu speeches and prepared presentations on legal matters
  3. take accurate notes on law-themed lectures, talks, and readings
  4. learn common legal vocabulary and collocations as well as key legal concepts
  5. practice writing in a legal context

Course Outcome: After completing the course the students shall be able to understand English better, write accurately and speak fluently. Their strength in English language would help them participate actively in debates. Their knowledge of legal vocabulary, legal terms and legal maxims will help them understand legal concepts better and also give them ability to write in a legal context.

 

Module I:    Communication skills for Professionals

  • Importance of communication skills for a professional
  • The seven C’s of communication.
  • Types of communication: verbal, non-verbal and paralinguistic.
  • Barriers to communication and means to avoid them.
  • Body language and non-verbal communication.

Module-II: Discussion of law related articles and legal literary excerpts. 

  • The law and the lawyers by M.K. Gandhi.
  • Play: Justice by John Galsworthy
  • Forge your Future by APG Abdul Kalam
  • The Merchant of Verica by Shakespeare – trial scene
  • Articles & Judgments

Module-III: Writing Skills. 

  • Writing for clarity and conciseness
  • Comprehension & Précis writing
  • Professional Writing: Memo, Agenda, Minutes, Notices, Circulars and E-mail etc.
  • Essay Writing
  • Layout and format for official correspondence 

Module IV: Spoken English with emphasis on Phonetics and

Pronunciation.

  • Phonetic Symbols
  • Pronunciation
  • Stress and intonation
  • Conversation, dialogues and debates
  • Public Speaking 

Module-V:   Placement related skills.

  • Writing for employment – Resume, cover letter etc
  • How to face an interview.
  • Presentation Techniques.
  • Group Discussions/ Debates/ Soft skills
  • Impromptu speech

Readings and Discussion-: 

  1. The law and the lawyers Excerpts from The Autobiography of M.K. Gandhi, NavJeevan Publishing House, Ahmedabad.
  2. Communication Skills by Sanjay Kumar Pushplata, Oxford University Press.
  3. The Merchant of Verica by Shakespeare – trial scene
  4. Play: Justice by John Galsworthy
  5. Business Communication by Asha Kaul, Prentice Hall of India.
  6. Business Correspondence and Report Writing by Sharma and Mohan, Tata Macgrow Hill.
  7. Speak in English You Can by Prof. Lakshminarayanan K.R, Scitech Publications (India)Pvt. Ltd.
  8. Command of Language in the profession of Law – Lord Denning
  9. Legal Maxims ( Reference Text ) by Madabushi Sridhar
  10. Business Communication Today Cortland L. Bovee, John. Phill, Barbara Schatzmann, Pearson Education, Kinderlay India Pvt. Ltd.
  11. Communication Skills by C.B. Gupta
  12. Bansal, R.K. and J. B. Harrison. Spoken English for India: A Manual of Speech and Phonetics, Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 1983.
  13. Technical Communication-Principles and Practice- Meenakshi Raman and Sangeeta Sharma, Oxford University Press.
  14. C.Tripathi, Legal Language,Legal Writing and General English,Central Law Publications,New Delhi,2005.
  15. Thomson and Martinet, A Practical English Grammar, OUP, Mumbai, 1970.
  16. The Merchant of Venice (Act–IV, the court scene) – William Shakespeare
  17. Francis Bacon, of Judicature.