New iPhone app puts Mexican legal terms within reach

November 22, 2010

Mexico cutoutMexico and the United States may share a 2,000-mile border, but the origins of their legal traditions are oceans apart.

Mexico adheres to a civil law system that traces its roots back to the Roman Empire. Unlike the English common law system used by the United States, the civil law tradition emphasizes formal legislative codification over case law – which means that tossing out a term like stare decisis in Mexico could earn you some decidedly blank stares.

If your clients do business in Mexico, there’s one reference you should never be without: Jorge Vargas’s Mexican Legal Dictionary. And now that it’s been launched as a mobile app for the iPhone, it’s handier than ever.

In addition to Spanish-English and English-Spanish translations for 2,300 legal terms, the Mexican Legal Dictionary app also provides pronunciations in English and Spanish. There’s even a smart search feature that builds search results as you type in your terms.

The Mexican Legal Dictionary iPhone app is available for $29.99 from Apple’s App Store.

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