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ILEC (International Legal English Certificate)
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.
All of the key information you need to know about this course
- Group size:
- Course length:
- Hours per week:
24 hours per week (24 x 60 minutes)
09.30 - 16.00 Monday - Friday
- Participant age:
Average age 25
Who's it for?
Find out if this course is suitable for your needs
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.
The areas that you can expect to cover during a typical course
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:
|remedies||sale of goods||competition law|
|business associations||debtor creditor||negotiable instruments|
|corporate||intellectual property||secured transactions|
|environmental||aspects of international law|
What you can expect to achieve from your 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
When this course takes places and how much it costs
Course dates (2015)
2nd - 20th March 2015 (exam on 21st March)
27th April - 15th May 2015 (exam on 16th May)
25th May- 12th June 2015 (exam on 12th June)
22nd June - 10th July 2015 (exam on 11th July)
27th July - 14th August 2015 (exam on 15th August)
31st August - 18th September 2015 (exam on 19th September)
2nd - 20th November 2015 (exam on 21st November)
23rd November - 11th December 2015 (exam on 11th December)
Please note the Holland Park Gardens centre is closed on 1 - 2 January, 3 - 6 April, 21 December - 1 January 2016. The centre is open on all other public holidays.
Course fee and exam fee (2015)
2015 (Lunch at the school is now included in all course fees)
- £1680 (3 weeks)
- exam fee £170
There will be a supplement of £40 per week on courses running from 6th July - 28th 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.