4729 Fremdsprachliche Wirtschaftskommunikation IV - Englisch / Legal English
Mag. Werner Gasser
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
03/02/18 to 03/07/18
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Thursday 03/15/18 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM TC.3.05
Thursday 03/22/18 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM TC.3.05
Thursday 04/12/18 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM TC.3.05
Thursday 04/19/18 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM TC.3.05
Thursday 04/26/18 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM D3.0.233
Thursday 05/03/18 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM TC.3.05
Thursday 05/17/18 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM TC.4.03
Thursday 05/24/18 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM TC.4.03
Thursday 06/07/18 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM TC.4.03
Thursday 06/14/18 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM TC.4.03
Thursday 06/21/18 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM TC.5.27
This course focuses on the intersection of business and law and on the English language used to competently cover the most important concepts of commercial law, contract law, company law, and other business-related legal topics.
Learning outcomes


After attending this course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a level of general English competence equivalent to C1 (lower) on the Common European Framework ( Common European Framework ) with respect to aural and oral skills;
  • understand the structure and language of intermediate-level legal texts in specific business-law related fields;
  • understand and use standard legal phrases and apply correctly general and specialized legal terminology associated with the above fields;
  • combine these abilities in order to enter effectively into oral discussion about general and specialized concepts in business law, legal systems and procedures.

In addition, this course fosters the following soft skills:
  • Improved reading & writing skills
Teaching/learning method(s)
Lecture, combined with analysis of written and spoken texts (articles and videos), case studies, language development exercises, and class discussions

A.) WU students: Written exam

NOTE: Registration for the course is required to register for the exam, which can be taken at the end of the semester at the earliest. For the material covered and the structure of the exam, please see information on the homepage of the Institute for English Business Communication:

B.) For exchange students who want / need to take an exam the requirements are: class attendance and an exam (oral or written) at the end of the semester

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists
Registration required during the period of registration. Please visit the website of the Institute for English Business Communication for details on procedure and deadlines:
1 Author: W. Gasser
Title: Legal English for Business

Edition: latest edition
Remarks: Available at Management Book Service (MBS)
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Script
Availability of lecturer(s)

Please refer to the homepage of the Institute for English Business Communication:

Unit details
Unit Date Contents
1 History and sources of law: legal systems, classification and sources of law
2 Judicial and alternative dispute resolution: legal procedure, ADR, case study
3 Corporate law I: forms of business organization in the U.S., corporate governance
4 Corporate law II: companies legislation in the U.K., case study
5 Contract law I: birth, life, and death of a contract
6 Contract law II: the international contact of sale, structure and language of contract, case study
7 Torts & crimes I: torts, product liability, intellectual property
8 Torts & crimes II: white-collar crimes, case study
9 International law: public and private international law
10 The Austrian legal system: judicial system, business organizations, contract law, torts & crimes
11 Revision
Last edited: 2017-11-21