Law school launches Spanish for Lawyers course

(September 3, 2010) Seattle University School of Law is thrilled to launch a new program to train Spanish-speaking lawyers to represent clients. Spanish for Lawyers is designed to help lawyers better serve their Spanish-speaking clients, which also allows practitioners to increase their client base. 

There is a tremendous need for Spanish-speaking lawyers. Attorneys who are conversant in the Spanish language and want to represent Spanish-speaking clients but need to practice legal terms, phrases and concepts, will find the course incredibly useful.    

Full fluency is not required, but the ability to engage in Spanish conversation is a must. Registrants may be asked to attend a short pre-class meeting to make sure all participants are conversational in Spanish and/or complete a very short online language assessment.  

This course will meet weekly Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. from Sept. 30 - May 1, except for scheduled breaks during the school year.  Included in this course:

•         Textbook

•         In-class practice sessions and role plays

•         Presentations on cultural issues you will likely encounter with clients

•         Access to an on-line e-learning community created exclusively for the class

•         Light supper each week

Registrants will have the option to observe live court proceedings in Spanish. The law school will explore whether there is interest in creating a two-week language immersion course in a Spanish-speaking country. 

Des Moines Municipal Court Judge Veronica Alicea-Galvan will lead this course with support from the Seattle University School of Law and the Seattle University School of Arts & Sciences Modern Languages Department. Guest presenters and volunteer discussion leaders will also serve to enrich and enliven your practice sessions. 

The maximum enrollment is 15. Tuition is $2,900 for 46.50 total available CLE credits. Refunds for cancellations will not be permitted after September 23, 2010. 

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