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Foreign Languages

sheltron5000

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Foreign Languages
« on: July 15, 2008, 08:10:53 PM »
So here's my story, I've been teaching English in South Korea. I am coming back this fall to apply to law school. After I get all my apps in, I think I'd like to go abroad again, to study another language. I am already reasonably fluent in German.

Are there any other languages you guys think would be useful for a lawyer?

Thanks in advance!

Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2008, 08:40:58 PM »
I'd have to go with Spanish, considering the Hispanic population in the U.S. 

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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2008, 11:56:27 PM »
Well, if you're in Southern California (or I suspect any southwest state) Spanish is really a great idea. This is especially true for public interest where many of your clients will only speak Spanish. I know for our public interest clinics many if not most say "Spanish speakers preferred."

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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2008, 07:09:21 AM »
It depends entirely on your desired practice.  I'm in IP and my firm is really trying to build our Mandarin-speaking contingent. Our Korean practice is also growing.  My own knowledge of German and French has gotten me plum assignments on projects for European clients.

Mandarin is definitely useful, Serbo-Croatian on the other hand...not so much.

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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2008, 03:18:37 PM »
Thanks for the advice everybody.

So if I have this right: Spanish for PI and Mandarin for IP?

How useful is French?

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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2008, 04:13:19 PM »
Thanks for the advice everybody.

So if I have this right: Spanish for PI and Mandarin for IP?

How useful is French?

I think you're in a good situation regardless, go for the one that interests you the most.  I'm quite envious of your language creds!

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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2008, 08:17:36 PM »
Jawohl!

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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2008, 09:23:43 PM »
I'd like to increase my knowledge of/get back what I lost in German.  I lived in Deutschland for five years when I was a young child and picked up a good bit, then studied in high school and college...but, sadly I've lost a bit in recent years.

How can I bring my German up to snuff during law school?  Any ideas?

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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2008, 09:45:59 PM »
I've found that listening (and talking) to language tapes is a good way to bring back language that I've forgotten. I highly recommend the Michel Thomas German language tapes, but you should always listen to a sample of language tapes first to see if they suit you. But it is a great way to use your time in the car.

Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2008, 09:50:42 PM »
Sheltron, how did you become fluent in all these languages?  Did you study in UG?  Is English your first language?