Law 451 - Spanish for Lawyers

Julia Vázquez

Julia Vázquez

Lecturer in Law
B.A. UCLA, 2002
M.A. UCLA, 2005
J.D. UCLA, 2010
Course Description:

This course reinforces and enhances students existing Spanish communication skills in legal practice. The class will cover a broad range of legal contexts, while building students practical legal terminology and written and oral communication skills. The course will introduce and reinforce Spanish legal terminology and concepts in areas such as immigration, consumer protection, criminal, workers’ rights, housing rights and family law. Students will learn how to apply these language skills as future legal practitioners interacting with Spanish dominant clients and communities. This course will emphasize speaking and listening comprehension through in-class presentations and dialogue. In addition, emphasis will be placed on cross-cultural and linguistic challenges that may influence successful lawyering with Spanish dominant clients and communities. The course will also analyze issues within Spanish speaking populations, such as indigenous language access and concepts of hierarchy. Students will also shadow the professor in Los Angeles Immigration Court for purposes of an analytical court visit through the lens of access to justice for non-English speakers; only if possible, given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Course Learning Outcomes:

The course goals are framed with student learning as the core tenet. The following student learning objectives are integrated throughout the curricular design, reading materials, units of study, lessons and guided practice.

1. Students will develop linguistic and cultural proficiency essential to the provision of excellent legal services to Spanish dominant communities or clients.

2. Students will develop familiarity with Latin American legal systems, emphasizing differences and similarities as compared to the legal system of the United States, in order to empower Spanish dominant community members or clients.

3. Students will develop critical analysis skills about issues of language access issues throughout both client representation as well as within the U.S. court and legal systems.

4. Students will master the application of Spanish legal concepts terminology in a range of doctrinal areas; with particular emphasis on immigration, consumer protection, criminal, workers’ rights, housing rights and family law.

5. By the end of the course, students will develop and consistently apply best practices, as well as a theoretical framework, for the provision of excellent legal services to a Spanish dominant client base and communities.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Julia Vázquez 20F 451 LEC 1 R 10:45 AM - 12:45 PM 2.0 No No