Legal English: Commercial Lawyers
Helping commercial lawyers to work effectively in an international setting
The course includes case studies, negotiations, discussions and meetings, and the materials combine real professional content with our highly effective learning methodology.
The trainers are language specialists with expertise in this field. There is important input from the real legal world including sessions led by practising lawyers and visits to a law firm and the civil courts. Many participants also benefit from making lasting professional friendships.
- Group size:
- Participants age:
Minimum age: 25
Average age: 35
- Course length:
1 week course
Fixed start dates
- Hours per week:
30 hours per week (30 x 60 minutes)
09.00 - 17.00 Monday - Friday
- Guest speakers:
Three guest speakers per course, including a feedback session on contract drafting with a practising lawyer
- External visits:
A visit to the civil courts and a visit to a law firm
Who's it for?
This course is for qualified, experienced lawyers from law firms or the corporate sector who have a reasonably confident command of English.
The course is designed to develop participants' language and communication skills in a legal context. The course focuses on active speaking and writing skills and communication strategies.
The key language and skills you will learn in the course include:
- legal vocabulary expansion
- effective communication skills for meetings and negotiations
- effective participation in discussions
- giving presentations
- written communication including email, reports and formal letters
- effective telephoning skills
- hosting visits, socialising, meeting and greeting
- listening skills
Typical activities that you will participate in will include:
- taking part in simulated meetings and negotiations
- drafting examples of contracts
- giving legal advice: for example describing the process of litigation to a foreign client, role-playing real life communicative situations such as greeting visitors, making arrangements by telephone and socialising
- making a presentation on a legal topic of your choice
There are opportunities to learn about aspects of English and EC law and the English legal system but it is not a course in law. There are extensive reading materials available if students wish to research particular areas of law in their own time.
You can expect to improve your English in the following ways:
- communicate more confidently
- speak more accurately and fluently
- participate more successfully in meetings
- improve your written English including emails
- expand your professional vocabulary
- improve your understanding of grammar
- socialise and network with greater confidence
- work successfully in a cross-cultural environment
In addition to the benefits outlined above, this course will enable you to communicate more confidently in legal situations and use specialised legal vocabulary more effectively. You will also be able to participate more effectively in meetings and negotiations, make better presentations, use the telephone for effective communication and communicate more confidently in a range of life and work situations.
Dates & Fees
2014 Dates & Fees
27th - 31st January 2014
24th - 28th March 2014
28th April - 2nd May 2014
9th - 13th June 2014
18th - 22nd August 2014
6th - 10th October 2014
1st - 5th December 2014
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.
2014 (Lunch at the school is now included in all course fees)
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The course I was taking part in was addressed to lawyers that would want to improve their knowledge in English terms concerning commercial law and civil procedure. Therefore, the participants were, like myself, lawyers coming from different countries and with whom it was very interesting to discuss (obviously in English) about their legal systems and experiences. The teaching was focused on the activation of our vocabulary and ability to deal with legal matters in English.
I particularly appreciated that learning was immediately put into practice with speaking as well as writing exercises, which actually allows you to effectively learn a lot, even in a short time.
The School has got every kind of facilities, such as computer rooms with internet access, a nice lounge with free coffee that students could take at every time and an incredibly good chef who prepares very tasty lunches! Coming from Italy to England, it was a very nice surprise!
The free time spent in visiting a city like London, with its theatres, pubs, parks and shops, just doesn't need an explanation, it’s simply amazing!
I definitely would recommend this school to every colleague who would like to improve their legal English effectively in a short time and in a cultural and relaxed environment.'
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I really improved my knowledge in business and legal English. I especially feel more confident in speaking.