Please, note that Cambridge English: Legal (ILEC) exam is discontinued from December 2016.
Legal English TOLES exam is now recognised as the leading English exam for Lawyers, Law Students and Legal Translators.

The London School of English is an official preparation centre for TOLES exam. Click to book our TOLES preparation course.

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.

Fact check

All of the key information you need to know about this course

Places on the ILEC preparation course are subject to demand and suitability. The following courses (TOLES and ILEC) are usually taken in conjunction with our Legal English 20-30 course.

  • Course level:

Levels 6 - 8 on the school's level scale


  • Fees:

  • Dates:

  • Course length:

3 weeks

  • Participant age:

Minimum age 20
Average age 25

  • Group size:

Maximum 10

  • Hours per week:

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

Click to see sample timetable

  • Exam results:

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.

Should I take TOLES or ILEC?

Course content

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:

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

The benefits

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

Included in the fees

What is included in the fees

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

Watch Our Videos

Language tips and blog

Use our Language Talk page to help build your vocabulary, skills and knowledge.

Language talk

Our accreditations and memberships:

In London and Canterbury: