if you guys are interested to know if you have to be good in English to go to law school then keep on watching. hi guys welcome to jobeducationbd. I’m shoumik and I’m a corporate lawyer in the Philippines.
I’ve been receiving some recurring questions about certain topics certain topics on law school or law practice or the legal profession in this law school frequently asked questions or FAQ series. I’m going to be answering some of those questions that I know this people frequently ask the first topic of this legal FAQ series will be s is obvious from the title do you need to be good in English to go to law school.
ENGLISH IN LAW SCHOOL
so if you guys are interested to know if you have to be good at English to go to law school then keep on reading. so do you have to be good in English to go to law school the short answer to the question of whether you need to be good at English to go to law school is a resounding no however that being said being good at English is definitely definitely an advantage. let’s get more into that answer being good in English is not required in law school simply because English fluency is not one of the requirements that you need to comply with in order to enter law school to get into law school all that’s required is number one but you have completed a certain number of undergraduates.
required and number two that you passed the entrance exam of that law school to which you want to apply know where there is fluency in English required the next reason why being good in English is not required in law school is that I know people who were good at English who dropped out of law school and conversely. I also know people who were not you know not really the best at English but still ended up becoming successful lawyers really just because you’re good at English doesn’t mean that you’re going to do well in law school. and on the flip side just because you’re not amazing or the best at English doesn’t mean that you’re going to suck in law school your law school professors aren’t heartless aren’t they though they know that not everyone in law school is privileged enough to have gone to an exclusive private school so naturally not everyone has you know top-notch English.
proficiency and that’s totally fine we know that being fluent in English is not per se needed in law school having said that. however there is no denying that being good in English is a great advantage the law which you will be studying day in and day out regardless of what you’re reading whether it’s your code or your commentary or your textbook your memory aid is in English law school recitations which happen every single day in law school.
and which are considered the way of life in law school are conducted in English by default your answers in accepts whether they be midterm exams final exams or the bar exam are in English you memorize.
enumerations which are in English you will have professors who will give oral exams wherein you naturally answer in you guessed it English if there’s a thesis requirement in your particular law school then you write your thesis in English. and so on and so forth so you see English is really the language of the law like I said in recitation which will be your daily life in law school for four years your professor will profound questions to you in English as in the professor shuffles your cards right shuffle shuffle shuffle fix your card miss Amador.
then the professor asks miss Amador under Article 11 36 of the Civil Code how is an obligation defined then you will answer ma’am under Article 11 56 of the Civil Code an obligation is defined as a juridical necessity to give to do or not to do professors in law school. rarely rarely ever speak in Filipino and on the rare occasion that they do speak in Filipino it’s only either number one to emphasize a point or number two to express something that cannot be sufficiently captured by the English language like for example saying you tomorrow. so speaking English well is an advantage simply because English is the main means of communication of interaction of expression in law school if you can speak or use English smoothly then you remove one layer of difficulty when you’re answering an exam or.
answering a professor’s resset question if you’re fluent in English.
then when you’re answering a question either orally or in writing then you don’t have to fumble or struggle to find the correct English words which will properly convey your thoughts to your professor you don’t have to debate it in your head before you even open your mouth about whether or not your subject verb agreement is correct.
before you speak up you won’t have to feel anxious about whether you will give the correct past tense of a verb or not they see what I mean when you’re fluent in English it’s one less thing to worry about in law school instead of worrying about whether. you’re expressing yourself or here at the insensibly as you’re speaking your focus will instead be limited to answering your professor’s question correctly so for those reasons you can clearly see how English fluency or English proficiency could help you in law school. so here are some tips for you guys who would like to improve your English proficiency the first is to read and to expand your vocabulary now when I tell you to read and to expand your vocabulary I don’t mean memorize all the – uten words that your brain can.
possibly absorb in law school keeping your answers short and sweet and simple and something is always best what’s the thing that they say keep it simple stupid or the more sophisticated saying would be brevity is the soul of widths. so you won’t need those big words unless you want to join the law journal or the law publication of your school but for day-to-day recitations and exams law professors get really annoyed with run-on or long-winded sentences and flowery words and super super verbose answers they don’t like that.
so when I say to read I mean read so that you can pick up how to construct your sentences and how to express your ideas coherently and comprehensively read so that you expand your horizons if you read and read and read you expand that improve not just the way you speak not just the way you write but also the way you think in the same vein if by permits then you can watch English TV see.
and movies you can also listen to English podcasts hearing people speak in English helps you learn English skills as well my next step is to frequently practice speaking in English to your friends and family. you won’t get better at something unless you consistently crap it’s doing that thing improve your English fluency not just for law school not just for a law practice later on but also for life in general.
self-improvement is always a good thing right the goal here is really to get used to speaking it so that your use of the lag which will be free-flowing and spontaneous. because when you’re reciting in front of your professor then that’s really how you want your English to be free-flowing and spontaneous the objective is really to make you.
comfortable with the using the language my next step is that if there’s.
something that you don’t know the pronunciation of then instead of shying away from that word and never using it then look it up see how that word is pronounced. and once you know how it’s pronounced then use that word and use it even more just type the word that you’re looking for in jobeducationbd followed by the word pronunciation for example I used to be unsure of how this word which I will put here below it’s pronounced I always used to be so confused.
what’s it press it in what’s it precedent precedent brisée them brace it in me namond. so I only used to be hesitant about seeing that word because I didn’t know how it was properly pronounced. so I just like when you do resident pronunciation and once I found out that it was.
pronounced yearning a resident then I started using that word more and more. so guys I hope I answered one of your law school every ques about whether or not you have to be good at English to go to law school the bottom line is that you don’t have to be good at English to go to law school but definitely English proficiency and English fluency are advantageous if you feel like English is not your strongest suit then there are many ways to improve that remember that learning English is not unpatriotic because just because you’re expanding your knowledge of the English language it doesn’t mean that you’re depleting your knowledge of the Filipino language. so that is if you guys I hope you learned something about law school and what is the first of my law school faq series. so that is really it you guys let me know your other law school fa Q’s in the comment box below. if you guys have any further questions or suggested blog’s that you would like me to do please also leave me a comment below.