The best way to prepare for your examination

English is an essential tool for any lawyer working with international matters. It is the lingua franca of the legal profession, of business and of international affairs.  ILEC is recognised by leading associations of lawyers including the European Company Lawyers Association, the European Law Students Association, the International Association of Young Lawyers, and the European Young Bar Association.

Legal employers need a tool to assess whether their legal staff and prospective employees have a sufficient level of English to be able to communicate effectively with clients, colleagues and professionals in other countries, and can handle information written in English.  Law students and newly-qualified lawyers need to be able to prove that they have these skills

The Cambridge ILEC - International Legal English Certificate - meets these needs.

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Places on the ILEC preparation course are subject to demand and suitability. The course is only available as a fourth week following our Legal English : Young Lawyers course.

  • Group size:

Maximum 10

  • Fees:

£1590 (3 weeks) + £160 for exam fee and special materials.

Fees include training plus:

  • Daily 3-course lunch (Monday to Friday)
  • Access to LondonSchool Online learning portal
  • All course material and resources
  • Detailed end-of-course report
  • Networking reception every Monday

There will be a supplement of £40 per week on courses running from 30th June - 22nd August.

  • Course level:

Levels 6 - 8 on the school's level scale


  • Course length:

3 weeks

  • Hours per week:

24 hours per week (24 x 60 minutes)
09.30 - 16.00 Monday - Friday

  • Participant age:

Age 20-30
Average age 25

  • Exam results:

Who's it for?

Who's it for?

This course is designed to prepare candidates for the ILEC examination.  The exam is a high-level legal-oriented language qualification for lawyers and law students set at levels B2 to C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Course content

Course content

The ILEC course is intended to prepare students for all of the areas given below.

The exam is based on realistic tasks of the kind that legal practitioners would be expected to encounter in their daily working lives. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate that they possess the practical skills to

  • participate in meetings, negotiations and discussions of a legal nature
  • express legal opinions clearly
  • understand and produce texts such as legal correspondence and memoranda

The exam tests the full range of communication skills needed by legal practitioners.  It takes approximately four hours in total and consists of four papers:

  • Test of Reading
  • Test of Writing
  • Test of Listening
  • Test of Speaking

The Test of Speaking takes place separately from the other papers and is conducted face-to-face by qualified oral examiners.

Topics covered in the exam:

contractreal propertyemployment
remediessale of goodscompetition law
business associationsdebtor creditornegotiable instruments
corporateintellectual propertysecured transactions
environmentalaspects of international law

The benefits

Benefits of doing this course

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • approach the exam more confidently
  • assess your true ability in legal English
  • improve your knowledge of legal English and key concepts in English law
  • improve your writing skills, especially for letters and emails
  • demonstrate your ability to current and future employers by including your grade and certificate as part of your CV
  • keep up to date in your professional development
  • prepare yourself for entry to a law course in a UK or US university, or for an internship

Dates & Fees

2014 Dates & Fees

Course dates

3rd - 21st March 2014 (exam on 22nd March)
26th May - 13th June 2014 (exam on 13th June)
28th July - 15th August 2014 (exam on 16th August)
3rd - 21st November 2014 (exam on 22nd November)

Please note the Holland Park Gardens centre is closed on 1-3 January, 18 April, 21 April, 22 - 31 December. The centre is open on all other public holidays.

Course fee and exam fee

2014 (Lunch at the school is now included in all course fees)

  • £1590 (3 weeks)
  • exam fee £160

There will be a supplement of £40 per week on courses running from 30th June - 22nd August.

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Good opportunity to explore London and practise your networking English in your free time!

I have learned more than I expected; various and rich legal vocabulary which I am sure will help me in my career. The teacher knows not only how to import knowledge to his students but also make that enjoyable. He has also created a really good atmosphere in the class. I would definitely recommend this course to lawyers of any age who want to improve their legal English.

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