Word Power! Take this Legal Language Quiz #2

—Karen M. Ross

This is the second in a series of questions challenging your knowledge of legal terminology from Karen M. Ross’s Essential Legal English in Context: Understanding the Vocabulary of US Law and Government (NYU Press 2019). Take the quiz! Share it with someone you know who will be going to law school or studying U.S. government!

This Legal Language Quiz: In each blog post, Professor Ross will ask a question about legal language using examples from the five units of her book. These posts will have you thinking about vocabulary in new, important, and practical ways.


Quiz #2: Unit 2 in Essential Legal English in Context introduces the federal legislature.

Question: Does the “United States Code” contain federal, state, or local laws? (Find the answer in the comments, below.)

Stay tuned for next Wednesday’s quiz! Find the answers in the comment below!

 

Front cover of Karen M. RossKaren M. Ross is the Director of the Legal English Program and teaches in The Graduate Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law. Her new book, Essential Legal English in Context, provides a practical introduction to the US legal system and its vocabulary.

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  1. Answer: The “United States Code” is a compilation of federal statutes, divided in subjects called “titles.” Recall from last week’s “Legal Language Quiz #1” that “United States” can mean part of the federal, rather than a state or local government. The United States Code contains federal statutes and is abbreviated “U.S.C.”

    For example, Title 18 of the United States Code (18 U.S.C.) lists federal crimes and Title 35 of the United States Code (35 U.S.C.) lists patent laws. The warning that you see in the beginning of a movie, prohibiting the copying and other unauthorized uses of that movie, contains a citation to Title 17 of the United States (17 U.S.C.) because “Title 17” contains federal copyright laws.

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