Good news for the school. Three enthusiastic lawyers have just signed up for a short programme of learning Legal English. They are interesting and interested, the two qualities above all that make teaching enjoyable. A bonus, for me, is that they are public interest lawyers so my area of speciality is going to be particularly useful. For more about public interest law have a look at the PILI website: http://www.pili.org/
On another note, many thanks to Jeremy Day for posting his tip for making a vocabulary exercise with tables (see http://specific-english.blogspot.com/2009/10/vocabulary-revision-with-table-and.html ). I needed a quick exercise to assess the vocabulary of my three new clients and, using Jeremy's idea I made up a word matching kit much more quickly than I imagined. It was very successful with the clients and, at least in part, persuaded them sign up.
Looking for a quick source of legal expressions, I came across some free guides at http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/ including a glossary of legal terms. Incidentally, another useful resource is http://www.write-better-english.com/better-legal-writing.aspx