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TLS_0043 Introduction to Legal Linguistics 3–5 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Responsible teacher: Dr. Tarja Salmi-Tolonen LL.D., tel. 333 5862, tasato(at)utu.fi, office hour on agreement by email, Cal 113

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student has the basic knowledge of the complex relationship between law and language. After the course the student will be able to use the basic legal linguistic methods and principles in order to analyze and understand the development, use and the making of the language of the law and its variations (legislative language, court decisions, the language of advocacy, expository texts in legal journals, academic texts on law).


The course gives an overview of legal linguistics whose importance is intensified by the globalization process which increases the need to cross borders between legal systems and legal languages without hesitation. Topics discussed include: legal linguistics as a discipline and a line of study in the law curriculum, its relationship to neighbouring disciplines and schools of thought in law; the theories and methods of legal linguistics, approaches to the history, the use, and the making of legal languages,
activities generating legal language concerning the functions of law, the relationship of legal concepts and legal terms.
An overview of the applications of legal linguistics: legal terminology work, legal translation, forensic linguistics and forensic phonetics.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 20 h 0 h
Seminar 4 h 0 h

Active participation in class, completed assignments and a course review.
A seminar session (2-4 hrs) for those who wish to earn 2 (3+2) additional credits.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English
Study journal / learning diary
  • In English
Participation in classroom work and Exercise(s) and Study journal / learning diary

Attendance and written and oral assignments and lecture review/journal, 3 credits. Those who wish to earn 5 credits will write a paper (12-15 pages) and present it to the class.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Attendance and participation in class and completion of written and oral assignments and a course review/journal. Students wishing to earn 2 additional credits (3+2) will write a more extensive paper on an aspect (of their own choice and approved by the lecturer) of legal linguistics and present it orally in class.

Recommended year of study

2. year spring

Study materials

Course reading and other materials will be uploaded at the Moodle platform.

Further information

TIME: Period III, 3.2.-14.2.2014
Seminar dates and assignment deadlines will be given at the beginning of the course.

Registration for the course begins on 7 January 2014 at 9 AM and ends on 28 January 2014 at 3 PM in NettiOpsu.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Finnish Study Modules
Master of Laws DP
Law, Studies for Bachelor/Master of Laws Degree