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OENG0710 Legal English Reading for Academic Purposes (CEFR B2-C1), 3 ECTS cr. 
Code OENG0710  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Legal English Reading for Academic Purposes (CEFR B2-C1)  Abbreviation Legal English R 
Credits3 ECTS cr.  Date of expiry  
TypeLanguage studies Subject0004 English 
ClassCourse  Hours  
Study right   GradingPass, Fail, Grades 1-5 
Recommended timing 
Organisation Language Centre 


The course provides the student with an opportunity to develop critical reading skills by exploring texts and terminology typically encountered in academic study and the student’s field of studies. The objective of the course is to develop skills, strategies and other resources the student will need to read discipline specific texts more effectively.

Upon successful completion of the course, the students should be able
1) to read and understand discipline specific texts in English
2) to use reading strategies
3) to recognise various text structures and terminology
4) to identify different types of texts
5) to understand the structure of academic and scientific articles
6) to follow research in their field of study.


The text types covered in the course include court judgments from the common-law jurisdictions and the European Court of Justice, legislation, contracts, scholarly articles and professional journals. The classroom work focuses on using terminological resources, analyzing and comparing cases, examining the language and structure of contracts, and developing reactions to current issues in the law.

Previous studies 

Students should have completed at least one year of study in Law to provide them with necessary conceptual foundation for comparing legal systems.


Group work and exercises 36 h, independent study. Written final examination.


Active participation in the classroom sessions, daily reading assignments, essay.

Supplementary Literature 

The instructor will determine the literature.


Pass/fail based on (min. 80%) class participation.


Autumn and spring term

Target Group 

Second- or third-year students.


Sampo Sukanen

Language of instruction 



Compulsory for students intending to complete their foreign language requirement in English.
Alternative courses:
1. OENG0710 Legal English Reading for Academic Purposes
OENG0711 Legal English Oral Communication for Academic Purposes
2. OSAK0710 Oikeudellinen saksa, tekstin ymmärtäminen
OSAK0711 Oikeudellinen saksa, suullinen taito 
3. ORAN0710 Oikeudellinen ranska, tekstin ymmärtäminen
ORAN0711 Oikeudellinen ranska, suullinen taito 
4. OVEN0710 Oikeudellinen venäjä, tekstin ymmärtäminen
OVEN0711 Oikeudellinen venäjä, suullinen taito

Additional information 

An optional placement examination will be arranged on the Language Centre's make-up exam days. Students attaining a score of 80 % or higher on the examination will be exempted from the course. This standard requires a strong background in English and familiarity with terminology in main subject studies.


Registration under OENG0710 Legal English Reading for Academic Purposes. No registration under OENG0711 Legal English Oral Communication for Academic Purposes.


Current and upcoming courses
Functions Name Type ECTS cr. Teacher Schedule
Registration not required. Legal English Reading and Oral Communication for Academic Purposes  Group Exercise  Zoe Koivu,
Sampo Sukanen,
Linda Taylor 
11.01.22 -19.05.22

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