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Rector: Prof. Francesco Rossi

The Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli (Second University of Naples) was established in 1991 with the ultimate aim of easing congestion at the Federico II University of Naples. Since then, it has developed rapidly in terms of students, teaching and administrative staff now found in 8 established faculties: Law, Humanities, Medicine, Psychology, Economics, Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Science, ‘Jean Monnet’ Political Science, spread out across the Caserta and Naples territories, and housed in highly prestigious buildings of outstanding historical and cultural interest.

Dean: Prof. Gianpaolo Califano
Palazzo Melzi - Via Mazzocchi 5 – 81055 Santa Maria Capua Vetere (CE)
Tel. (+39) 0823 848383 - Fax (+39) 0823 849255

Head: Prof. Girolamo Tessuto
Principal Faculty Language Assistant: Dr. Stephen J. Spedding
Secondary Faculty Language Assistant: Dr. Amelia Regina Burns

As well as annual curricular courses in General, Legal English and Translation Studies, the Chair organises purpose-built courses designed to meet the needs of post-graduates, PhD students and members of the Specialisation School for the Legal Professions and the local Law Society, geared towards the development of competencies and skills in the fields of Academic and Professional Legal Discourse and Genre.
The English Language Chair of the Law Faculty also provides English language courses leading to international certification in collaboration with British Council Naples and is accredited as a registered centre for the TOLES examination run by Global Legal English

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Law Faculty Language Courses

Legal Translation
Oriented towards graduates seeking international career opportunities, the course is designed to provide Italian native students with (English into Italian) translation techniques in the highly specialised field of law.
Through seminars and workshops students gain experience with authentic texts in use at the European Court of Justice including judgments, legal opinions of Advocates-General, appeals and proceedings.
The course offers a sound basis for Italian-speaking law-practitioners and linguists wishing to sit public entrance examinations at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg as well as other EU institutions.

English Legal Writing in Academic and Professional context:
Law Essay and Legal Problem Question Writing
Aimed at Law Faculty graduates and researchers, the courses are designed to provide students with the tools to make a critical analysis of legal texts used in academic and professional settings, to create an awareness in assessing their own strengths and weaknesses and to build up an array of technical devices to successfully negotiate the highly competitive world of academic/professional legal writing in English.  Seminars and workshops focus on several aspects of disciplinary writing, including discourse and genre, degree of formality and complexity, cohesion and coherence, hedging, analysing data and trends, summarising and paraphrasing, citing sources and plagiarism.

Cambridge ESOL
Interest among students has grown considerably as the English Language Department launched its campaign to raise awareness within the Law Faculty regarding the need to provide students with a reliable and accurate indicator of their language proficiency.Initially, a pilot course was set up 3 years ago at level A2, drawing on students from the post-graduate Specialist School for the Legal Professions, whose success encouraged us to repeat the experiment the following year, with a further course at level B1 to lead Waystage students to Independent Speaker status. By the third year we were able to open up three different levels to meet the demands of a fresh intake of students and to ensure continuity to experienced students committed to a programme of lifelong learning.    
Specific exam preparation courses have been designed to cover levels A2, B1 and B2 in line with the Common European Framework of Reference, focusing on the language skills required and providing a flexible learning environment in which students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning, to critically assess their own shortcomings and achievements and to take an active part in the learning process.

Law Faculty Courses
First level degree course in Law (5 years)
The second-cycle degree program in Law aims to provide students with specific skills for the analysis of judicial regulations as well as give them the ability to understand and use the main aspects of general and specific judicial issues. Graduates acquire knowledge in the historical and philosophical field of law. In addition to a sound grounding in institutional, economic, European and international disciplines, students gain a solid advanced knowledge in the field of law.

First level degree course in Legal Science (3 years)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a basic theoretical knowledge of the core legal subjects required to undertake a professional career in the legal and administrative fields and, at the same time, provide them with a preparatory education for a further full degree course in Law. The course is an interdisciplinary traditional programme drawing upon private and public law as well as historical, philosophical and economic-financial subjects. Distinctive features of the degree also include a focus on the teaching of foreign languages (English, French, German, Spanish) ranging from basic to advanced levels in both general and specialist fields of language. A fully-equipped Language Laboratory has been established, shared by the Law Faculty and Humanities Faculty.

First level degree course in Legal Services (3 years)
To prepare students for a career as legal practitioners in European and international companies, firms and public administration offices. This course also enables students to be admitted to a further full degree course in International Relations. The course format places an emphasis on labour, administrative and economic subjects. This programme also includes the study of foreign languages (English, French, German, Spanish) which is designed to provide students with skills and competences in both general and specialist fields of language related to the above academic subjects. The Faculty Language Centre likewise aims to provide Italian language courses to foreign students.

Second level Degree Course in Law (2 years)
This specialist course is an indispensable programme for students to enter traditional legal professions as judges, lawyers and notaries public. The course format aims to provide in-depth knowledge of legal subjects through the solid theoretical core teachings of public law, private law, criminal law and community law.

Second level Degree Course in International Relations (2 years)
This specialist course is designed for those intending to embark on a career in diplomacy or any other international career requiring candidates to fulfil major responsibilities and duties (international institutions, international companies and firms). The course format enables students to gain in-depth knowledge of legal, economic, sociological and linguistic core subjects.

Head: Prof. Carlo Venditti

In 2001 a two-year Specialist School of Legal Professions was set up in order to allow graduates to develop a host of competences and practical skills required by the relevant Italian Law Boards, with an emphasis on following careers as judges, lawyers and notaries public.

FURTHER COURSES (Post-graduate)
In addition to the Specialist School above, a further Course specialising in Minors and Family Law was introduced in 2002 following an agreement with the local Law Society in S. Maria Capua Vetere. This course aims to prepare those wishing to work as legal and social practitioners specialising in family relations and, in particular, relations between minors and parents. Successful completion of the course by a final test/exam leads participants to be awarded a certificate of attendance.

Erasmus Coordinator: Prof. Lucia Monaco

As part of its commitment to the Lifelong Learning Programme the Law Faculty encourages students to participate in the Erasmus programme. With several partners across the EU, the Programme offers an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to broaden their horizons and experience a different academic environment by spending time at a university abroad. Students who return from taking part in an exchange programme usually report that it was an experience which matured them both personally and intellectually. Law Faculty students are also acutely aware that studying abroad may also enhance employment prospects. Employers know that those who have successfully completed an exchange programme are likely to have competencies they value; cross-cultural communication skills, analytical skills, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adapt to new circumstances and deal constructively with differences.

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