Course Description

CLE Credit:

The free version of this course is not eligible for CLE credit, but the Franklin County Bar Association offers the course at a discounted rate for credit here

Please note that this course is presented in Spanish without English subtitles or translation, and the periodic quizzes are in English.

Latinos currently comprise 17% of the United States population. In Chambersburg, PA particularly, Latinos have become a burgeoning minority population in recent years, presently sitting at 18%.  According to the Chambersburg Hispanic American Center (CHAC), a local non-profit that bridges the language and cultural divide that sometimes hinders new Latino residents from accessing services for which they are eligible, Latinos in Chambersburg come from 19 different Spanish-speaking countries. In CHAC's first year, 2000, there were only 108 visits. Last year, there were more than 1,300 visits by more than 400 different individuals seeking employment, housing, medical help, social work, and importantly, legal services.

This course was developed in response to the growing need for Spanish-speaking attorneys and support staff. The course will cover commonly used Spanish phrases and words in courtrooms and law offices. This course will help students communicate with Hispanic clients regarding legal matters that include contracts, wills, trusts, estates, business law, criminal law, housing, immigration, tort, landlord-tenant, education law, family/juvenile law, public benefits, elder law, bankruptcy, tax, name change and real estate law.

This course is geared towards those who have some minimal exposure to Spanish, either through high school/college coursework or international travel.  Participants will also have access to free Duolingo and Quizlet resources.

This course includes video recorded for a live CLE presentation for the Franklin County Bar Association.


Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video.  Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenter

  • Renu Urvashi Sagreiya, Esq.

    Renu Urvashi Sagreiya, Esq.

    Renu Urvashi Sagreiya grew up in Ambler, PA. Her ease in picking up languages stems from her experience growing up bicultural and bilingual in Hindi-English. She began learning Spanish at the tender age of 9 in 1997, and has continued studying it through elementary, middle, and high school. Ms. Sagreiya has Latino relatives (Puerto Rican and Colombian) in her family and loves practicing with them, especially her cousin's 3 kids. Ms. Sagreiya graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2010 from Agnes Scott College with a B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology and a Minor in Spanish. There, she was selected to work as a Spanish Department Tutor. After undergrad, she served extensively with the Latino immigrant community, both at a predominantly Hispanic high school in Philadelphia, PA as well as at a domestic violence agency in Boston, MA. She graduated from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law with honors in 2017. During law school, she used her Spanish often, especially at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she worked as an interpreter/translator for PDs. She also assisted in leading a Spanish "Know Your Rights" presentation and legal clinic in Gettysburg, PA during her 2016 co-op at HIAS. Ms. Sagreiya sincerely hopes that this course will assist attorneys and support staff to provide linguistically and culturally competent services to Latinos of Franklin County. In her free time she likes kayaking, birding, beachcombing, museums, pets, 76ers and Scrabble.

    Please contact Ms. Sagreiya at renu.sagreiya@alum.agnesscott.edu

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Course Materials
    • Quizlet and Duolingo Links
  • 2
    Spanish for Lawyers
    • Spanish for Lawyers Part One
    • Spanish for Lawyers Part Two