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1. Using the sqr3 system

The SQR3 system continues after reading a text. The fourth step is to recite, or say aloud from memory, and the last step is to review.

1 Recite

When you recite, you say aloud from memory what you have read about. You can do this while reading, stopping after each paragraph and asking yourself: Now what did I just read? Do I understand the main ideas? Did the text answer my question?

Choose a paragraph from the text. Re-read it and then tell a partner what your paragraph was about. Listen to your partner tell you about a different paragraph.

2 Review

  • Go back and skim the text, placing a check (v) next to the parts of the text that you are sure that you understand and a question mark (?) next to those parts that are still unclear to you and that you need to study further.

  • Return to the sections of the text where you placed a question mark. Underline any difficult words in those sections. Try to figure out the meaning of the words from the surrounding context. Then check the dictionary.

  • Discuss with a small group any parts that you still do not understand.

2. Language focus

a. Explain or paraphrase the collocations in bold.

1. They study for this exam while 'articled' to established firms of solicitors

2. If they pass, they are 'called to the bar' and are recognized as barristers.

3. They can only do this after several more years of association with a senior barrister, after which the most able of them apply to 'take silk'.

b. Find words or word combinations in the text that have the same or a similar meaning to the words given in italics.

a. Solicitors deal with legal matters for their clients, including the writing of documents.

b. While working in established firms of solicitors, they do much of the everyday junior work until they pass all exams.

c. They can only do this after several more years of working together with a senior barrister.

d. For one thing, they tend to come from the upper class of society.

e. They can express their opinion well in public.

f. These things are necessary to protect judges from outside interference.

g. Judges sometimes seem to have different ideas from the majority of people.

h. Their opinions are sometimes very important items in newspapers or on TV.

3. Speaking 5

Work in pairs. Discuss the following questions.

1. What is the main difference between the legal profession in Great Britain and the USA?

There is some additional information which may be of help.

The United States does not draw a distinction between barristers and solicitors; all lawyers who pass the bar examination may argue in the courts of the state in which they are admitted, although some state appellate courts require attorneys to obtain a separate certificate of admission to plead and practice in the appellate court. Federal courts require specific admission to that court's bar in order to practice before it. At the State appellate level and in Federal courts, there is no separate examination process, and admission is usually granted as a matter of course to any licensed attorney.

/from America in Close-up. Eckhard Fielder, Reimer Jansen, Mil Norman-Risch/

2. Do you think that a relatively small legal profession, as in Britain, is desirable? Give your reasons.

3. What are the main differences between the legal system in your country and that in Britain?

4. Are there any unpaid 'amateur' legal officers similar to Justices of the Peace?

5. What kind of training do lawyers undergo in your country?

Speaking 6 Role-play “In Court”

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