- You have to deal with English-speaking clients and lawyer more than any previous generation of lawyers.
- You are often expected to interpret or amend long commercial contracts drafted in English.
- You receive letters and emails written in English on a daily basis.
Legal English is a different language from general English. Just as lawyers in your own country write in a different language from other people, so do English speaking lawyers. Sentences are often structured differently in legal English. The words lawyers use are often centuries old and no longer commonly used in general English. New prepositions need to be learned. When you read a commercial contract or read a letter there is new technical vocabulary to understand on every page.