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Spanish for Public Interest Lawyers is a non-credit class that offers Harvard Law students the opportunity to learn Spanish language skills in a legal context, emphasizing language most commonly used in civil and criminal legal services practice.
The class will strengthen existing Spanish speaking and comprehension abilities and teach Spanish legal vocabulary to students involved in public interest legal practice. Some grammar will be reviewed while introducing students to general legal Spanish vocabulary through practical exercises that will improve speaking and listening skills, and then the class will progress to the legal vocabulary of specific substantive areas (e.g. immigration, human rights, civil procedure, etc.). Through this class, students can develop stronger attorney-client relations by improving communication with Spanish-speaking clients and enhancing cultural knowledge of the Latino community. The class will be taught by Fernando Elizondo García, an LL.M. student from Mexico with experience in civil and criminal legal services practice.
Students in clinics, particularly those working directly with Spanish-speaking clients or who are interested in working more with this client population, are encouraged to participate.
Note for students who took this class in the Fall: The Spring class will follow the same syllabus than the Fall class. However, students from the Fall class interested in continuing to practice Spanish can send an e-mail to the instructor stating their interest so they can be notified of opportunities to participate in relevant class exercises.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information by Thursday, February 3:
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