Legal English – TOLES

Courses for Lawyers in London
Introduction to the English Legal System

Course length: 1 week; 30 hours per week; 6 hours a day.
Course trainers: The trainers are language specialists with extensive experience and expertise in the law of England & Wales.
Courses aimed at: Qualified lawyers who are considering practising in the jurisdiction of England and Wales and may wish to take the QLTS. Participants are expected to have a reasonably strong command of English (minimum B2 CEFR; IELTS 6.5).

The course concentrates on developing participants’ English skills in a legal context, and legal vocabulary is covered extensively. The course includes an overview of the English legal system and sources of English law as well as covering aspects of civil and criminal litigation. The course is designed to develop participants’ language and communication skills in a legal context. There is a focus on developing lawyer’s skills such as interviewing and advising a client and drafting statements of case and examples of contracts. We also cover the general language skills that will help you to communicate effectively in a wide range of formal and informal situations.

The following areas provide the framework for the course:

  • Visiting legal experts: chosen to provide up-to-date professional input into the course.
  • Visits to legal London: a visit to the Royal Courts of Justice, Inns of Court, the Old Bailey and a visit to the Civil Courts
  • Speaking activities including case studies in legal problems and various aspects of the legal process; negotiations.
  • Vocabulary expansion: particularly relating to civil and criminal litigation and describing legal concepts.
  • Grammar: revision of some of the most important grammatical aspects of the language, practised within a legal context.
  • Communication skills: key language skills used when interviewing and advising clients as well as conflict and dealing with difficult situations.

This course will enable you to communicate more confidently in legal situations and use specialised legal vocabulary more effectively. The focus on lawyer skills will enable you to participate more effectively in client conferences and meetings and engage in formal correspondence with legal personnel and clients. You will also draft statements of case, examples of contracts and how to read legal documents and conduct legal research. Law is highly topical and political area and participants will be expected to read the law review in The Times newspaper and on-line legal articles. It should be noted that whilst this course provides opportunities to learn about aspects of English and EC law, it is not a course in law and does not lead to a legal qualification. Further reading materials will be available if students wish to research particular areas of law in their own time.

Legal Visits:

The course will include visits to relevant legal institutions such as the Royal Courts of Justice, Inns of Court and the famous Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey) to observe criminal trials in progress.

Business Law

Helping business lawyers working in global commercial practice

Course aimed at: Qualified, experienced lawyers working in the commercial legal sector and who have a reasonably strong command of English (minimum B2 CEFR).

Course content: The course includes core subjects required by international law firms such as discussions, meetings and negotiation as well as drafting commercial contracts and letter writing which are dealt with in a practical and in-depth way. The course is designed to develop participants’ language and communication skills (both written and spoken) in a legal context.

The key skills you will learn in the course include:

  • specific business legal vocabulary
  • effective communication skills for meetings, discussions and negotiations
  • effective spoken and written communication skills including telephoning, email, reports and formal letters
  • conducting business meetings, giving presentations and socialising

Activities include:

  • role play of real-life commercial legal scenarios such as business meetings and negotiation strategies as well as telephone communication and socialising
  • giving a presentation
  • drafting examples of contracts
  • interviewing and advising a client

Course benefits: This course will enable participants to communicate more confidently and effectively in both spoken and written areas of commercial legal practice. Participants will also use specialised legal vocabulary more effectively and be able to participate more confidently in meetings and negotiations as well as on the telephone in a variety of business settings.

Legal Visits: The course will include visits to relevant legal institutions such as the civil courts (for example a county court and the Royal Courts of Justice) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

Criminal Law

Course length: 1 week; 25 hours per week; 5 hours per day.
Course timetable: 10.00 – 16.00 Monday – Friday (morning session 10.00 to 12.00; 1 hour lunch from 12.00 to 13.00; afternoon session 13.00 to 16.00).
Course trainers: The trainers are language specialists with extensive experience and expertise in criminal law.
Course aimed at: Participants who are considering undertaking a law degree or currently studying law and/or those who have already completed their legal studies and wish to specialise in the area of criminal legal practice. The course includes an overview of the English Legal System and aspects of EU law but is designed for those with a specific interest in criminal law who require specialised criminal legal language needed for a future criminal legal career. Participants are expected to have a reasonable command of English (minimum B1 CEFR; IELTS 5.5).

Course content: The course includes core subjects required by those working in the area of criminal law such as criminal litigation, criminal agencies such as the CPS, probation and court personnel; police powers of arrest and criminal court procedure from arrest to trial. Participants will use specialised vocabulary and enhance communication skills and take part in simulating criminal lawyers to interview and advise clients as well as draft example statements of case and write formal letters and case documents. The course is designed to develop participants’ language and communication skills in the criminal legal context.

The key skills you will learn in the course include:

  • specific criminal legal vocabulary
  • effective communication skills for client conferences, discussions and meetings
  • effective communication skills for interviewing and advising clients from arrest to trial
  • written communication including email, reports and formal letters

Typical activities that you will participate in will include:

  • taking part in simulated client conferences and meetings and giving legal advice
  • drafting examples of statements of case for witnesses and defendants
  • Visits to criminal courts for example the ‘Old Bailey’

This course will enable you to communicate more confidently in legal situations and use specialised criminal legal vocabulary more effectively. You will also be able to participate more effectively in client conferences and meetings, and engage in correspondence with agents in the area of criminal law. Criminal law is highly topical and political and participants will be expected to read news articles about crime and give a presentation of their arguments on penal theory and policy. This course provides opportunities to learn about aspects of substantive English and EC law and but it is not a course in law and does not lead to a legal qualification. Extensive reading materials are available if students wish to research particular areas of law in their own time.

Legal Visits

The course will include visits to relevant legal institutions such as the Royal Courts of Justice, Inns of Court and the famous Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey) to observe criminal trials in progress.