Legal English Course

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January 8, 2018


The essential law and terminology of Real Property - A 15-unit, interactive, online course teaching the essential Legal English words phrases and law needed by lawyers working in the area of Property and Mortgages.
The course covers both freehold and leasehold law of the UK and US relating to title, possession, rights over land, inheritance, licences, possession and easements. The course also includes explanations of  the archaic Latin and Norman French legal words relating to land and interests in land and the vocabulary of sales and transfers of land. This is an excellent knowledge base for lawyers working in Property law.


- interactive listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises
- vocabulary quizzes
- glossary with definitions
- authentic contracts
- language of contract formation
- contract drafting practice (professional version)
- the basics of the law of Real property (Land) and of Mortgages including terminology and vocabulary course certificate upon completion


Course Contents:
  1. History of English land law – Norman Law – Alienation –
  2. Real Estate Legislation - The  Law of Property Act 1925 - The Land Registration Act 2002 - Land Registration Rules 2008 – U S Federal Statutes – State Statutes
  3. Registration of Title - The role and practice of  HM Land registry – Unregistered land – First Registration – Different Land Registers – Registration of Mortgages, Claims and Interests. Establishing title in the U S.
  4. Types of Estates – Estates - Land tenure in England - Fee simple (freehold) - Concurrent Estate and Four unities – Joint tenancies
  5. Residential Leasehold Property - Landlord's obligations - Tenant's obligations - Statutory obligations - Leasehold agreements - Implied and express conditions
  6. Commercial Leasehold Property - Standard considerations - rent reviews - termination and compensation - restrictive covenants - undertakings
  7. Easements 1 –Affirmative and negative easements-  Dominant and servient estates - Public and private easements -  Appurtenant and in gross easements -  Floating easement -  Structural encroachment.
  8. Easements 2 -  Creation of Easements -  Express easement - Implied easement - Easement by necessity -  Easement by prior use - Easement by prescription - Easement by estoppel - Easement by the government - Easements distinguished from licenses - Termination-  Rights – Remedies for Trespass upon easement
  9. Covenants – Restrictive covenants - Scope of covenants - Commercial covenants - Residential covenants– Registration of Covenants – Enforcement of Covenants
  10. Security and Mortgage law 1.-(Mortgages and Equitable interests) - Mortgage by demise - Mortgage by subdemise- Mortgagee - Mortgagee's power of possession - Mortgagee's power of sale - Mortgagee's power to appoint a receiver - Mortgagor
  11. Security and Mortgage law 2. (Security interests) -  Rationale -  Security -  Types of Security - "True" legal mortgage -  Equitable mortgage - Statutory mortgage – Equitable charge
  12. Debentures – Fixed Charges and Floating charges - Pledges - Legal liens - Equitable lien - Hypothecation
  13. Security interest vs. general obligation - Perfection - "Quasi-security" - The U.C.C. in the U S
  14. Transfer of land – Conveyancing – Real Estate closings – Lawyer’s Undertakings – Registration of Title - Practical Issues
  15. Drafting agreements - Standard considerations - boiler plate clauses - common pitfalls - Essential information - Standard formats


The course is covered in 15 lessons of 45 minutes duration with a further 15 -20 hours of online interactive self-study and also includes the option of a further 3.75 hours of private instruction by a B L C lawyer-linguist instructor who is assigned as your personal tutor (professional version). This private instruction is delivered by a personal private weekly 15 minute video-conference using our own video-conference system. Students can study at their own pace and, although it is recommended that participants limit their study to one unit per week, a faster pace of study is available to those who feel capable of covering more than one unit a week.


On-line textbook, genuine documents and official forms. Access to the archive library of past lessons enabling participants to review progress and revise past course topics.


David Williams