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    How valuable are linguistic skills when pursuing a legal career? I've heard that they can be a hindrance aswell as a help since if you're fluent in say Italian, you may miss out on a position in a firm in Australia. Is this true?

    I'm not sure if this is too ambituous- but I want to become fluent in another language. What, in your opnion, can be considered a "global language" (apart from English)? I was thinking Spanish or perhaps French.
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    I have to take dutch lessons next year since i'll be studying European Law in the Netherlands for a year. Now despite the fact that virtually everyone there speaks english, I still have to have some knowledge of the language. I think languages can really only be helpful in this sense, as you can specialise at different places in the future (I know somebody doing French law for a year too). I don't think you could determine a 'global language' when pursuing a legal career, it wouldn't make much sense as you could go on to practice anywhere really.
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    Good luck! You'll have to let me know what it's like and how you get on. I have a list of possible countries that I can study in for a semester on my course- Netherlands being one of them.

    Perhaps the phrase "global language" wasn't appropriate- but what I meant was a language that is popular in terms of its use worldwide.
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    Thanks. I'm looking forward to it. Good luck to you too.

    Hmm then I guess either French (France, Canada..) or Spanish (Spain, Mexico..) would be good. It all depends if you plan on travelling or something really. Or working abroad. Different countries = different legal systems and different languages.
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    I want to do an ELS course instead of a traditional LLB course and I study German to taht end. Languages open doors, not close them!
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    (Original post by Elle)
    How valuable are linguistic skills when pursuing a legal career? I've heard that they can be a hindrance aswell as a help since if you're fluent in say Italian, you may miss out on a position in a firm in Australia. Is this true?

    I'm not sure if this is too ambituous- but I want to become fluent in another language. What, in your opnion, can be considered a "global language" (apart from English)? I was thinking Spanish or perhaps French.
    My French teacher told us that the only language spoken in every continent is French. My other French teacher told us the official language of law is French.

    Spanish is very widely spoken, by more people than those who speak French. It's also supposed to be relatively easy to pick up...although Spanish is also the fastest European language, so maybe the hardest to understand.

    Finally, don't more people speak mandarin than anything else in the world? Maybe you should learn that!
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    lol possibly because there are more ppl in asia that anywere else in the world ....

    Id stick to a european lanaguage to start with. spanish, french, german are the obv ones. its up 2 u
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    I could write a whole page or more on how multiple languages are of great assistance especially if you are planning on becoming a corporate lawyer. The world is becoming smaller, and smaller so it is almost certain that as a Lawyer you will have to work with individuals in different countries, and unfortunately not everyone in the world speaks the same language[too bad the concept of Esperanto didnt succeed] so on many occassions it will be extremely useful to speak another, or other languages. Perhaps not fluently but you should be able to have a conversation, and discern what your client wants. I speak four languages[adding 2 more, btw Sarah mandarin is one of the languages Im planning on learning], and they have always been useful Im certain the same will apply when I become a lawyer.

    I would recommend: French
 
 
 
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