n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - English for Law Students, C. Van der Walt and A.G. Nienaber : boekbespreking

Volume 2011, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



Its impressive publication record marks this book as a winner: the first edition appeared in 1997, the second in 1999 - and then it caught on. The second edition went into nine impressions in as many years before being succeeded by the present one. The book was originally published, says Professor Vijay Bhatia (Dept of English, City University of Hong Kong) in his foreword to the first edition (reprinted here), to address the scant attention given to English for law, which is particularly problematic given "several expressions of general concern for a significant level of decline in the standards of legal expression" (v). I doubt that this decline has been arrested. Indeed, I know the opposite to be true: in general, students' ability with written language (English or otherwise) has been in steady decline over the years, and a book of this sort is therefore an important way to attempt to reverse this decline in the area of legal studies.

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