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Thread poster: Giuseppe Amodio

Giuseppe Amodio  Identity Verified
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Nov 20, 2015

Hi Everyone,

I have recently completed a course on Italian contract, company, business, property and family Law. It was aimed at translators and was extremelly useful.

I am looking for something similar about Common Law (possibly English Law). Ideally a course that teaches the fundamentals of Law from a translator's perspective.

Does anyone know who provides them.

It has to be distance learning or very quick. I am based in Italy.

Any help appreciated.


Karen Stokes  Identity Verified
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University of London on Coursera Nov 20, 2015

You could try Adam Gearey's course (University of London) on Coursera – no dates scheduled at the moment but you can add it to a watchlist. More a general background than specifically geared to translation, but interesting nonetheless.


Alena Trainova  Identity Verified
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David Hutchins, Lexacom English Law courses Nov 21, 2015


I agree with Karen, the Coursera's Common Law is a brilliant course.

I, indeed, found it very helpful and enjoyable and it helped me to get a bigger picture of the English legal system, even after a few years as an in-house translator at a London law firm.

May I also suggest Lexacom Legal ( by solicitor David Hutchins. As far as I am aware, apart from classroom-based courses held in London and in other European cities, David also offers one-on-one skype sessions.

I attended three of his courses and found them exceptional with another added benefit that they are aimed at translators.


Giuseppe Amodio  Identity Verified
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problem access lexacomlegal Nov 22, 2015

Hi Karen and Alena,

thank you for your advice.

I have already contacted coursera.

As for lexacomlegal, there website is not working. Is it my pc or their website?
I get a "database error" blank page with only one message, "Error establishing a database connection".

Can you access it?


Alice Crisan  Identity Verified
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David Hutchins Nov 22, 2015

Try to Google eCPD webinars David Hutchins. Interesting courses, loved it. Go for it.
For the Coursera be prepared for a quite difficult final exam, but not impossible. Allow yourself plenty of time and have your materials handy. Great course!


David Lin  Identity Verified
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"Understanding the Law" by Geoffrey Rivlin Nov 23, 2015

Since you're interested in English law, I highly recommend this book.

It is well written, most importantly, easy to read, and I read it with a lot of fun.

A brief summary of the book is shown here.

Enjoy reading! (Before you manage to join an online course.)



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