English Language Education

Legal English for Visiting Students (LEVS)

Credit-bearing Legal English courses for Visiting or Exchange Students

Course Credits/Level

  • 20 Credits
  • SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)

Legal English for Visiting Students is designed for students who have a basic understanding of their own legal systems through having taken a first year UG law course (or equivalent) at their home universities.


This course is for students with an equivalent of a minimum of IELTS 6.5. Students should also have taken at least one introductory Law or Law-related course at their home universities, achieved at grade B or above.

Enrolments on this course are strictly managed by the CAHSS Visiting Student Office, so all requests to take this course must be made to our office.

The deadline for enrolments in Semester 1 will be 29 September 2021.

**Please note that the English Language Education courses for credit cannot take place if there is not sufficient interest from visiting students. There is therefore no guarantee that the courses will take place, and a decision will be made to run/cancel the courses after enrolments begin during Week 1 of each semester**

Course Summary

The course focuses on activating language skills through cooperative task-based work. Course participants read legal texts in order to exchange information and compare aspects of their own legal systems.

Other language practice activities include courtroom role-plays; problem solving discussions; listening to talks; formal letter writing practice. There are opportunities for more individual work, for example in presenting a summary of a legal case or preparing and giving a presentation on a legal topic.

Course Description

The course aims to improve oral fluency and confidence in speaking English through a variety of activities including participating in mock trial roleplays; preparing and giving short talks; exchanging information about law cases; negotiating and participating in a simulated job interview.

Writing activities focus on legal correspondence and writing case briefs and summaries.

There is an emphasis on the development of vocabulary and reading skills. A range of materials from legal textbooks, case reports and newspaper articles will be used to present aspects of the legal system in the UK.

Throughout the course students will be encouraged to talk about their own legal systems.

The tasks are predominantly based on authentic legal texts. Most tasks involve an integration of two or more language skills and are presented within a legal topic-based syllabus framework. UK legal topics, including Tort/Delict; Civil and Criminal law; Constitutional law; Company law; Contract law and International law, mirroring the syllabus for a typical UK undergraduate law programme, are focussed on in order to introduce vocabulary and conceptual knowledge so that students can talk meaningfully in English about aspects of their own legal systems.

Students will visit the Scottish Courts and the Scottish Parliament and carry out a Law Library based research task resulting in giving an oral summary of a UK legal case to their colleagues. The course culminates in a law conference at which each participant gives a presentation in English on a legal topic.

View further course and timetable information here.


All course information obtained from this visiting student course finder should be regarded as provisional. We cannot guarantee that places will be available for any particular course. For more information, please see the visiting student disclaimer:

Visiting student disclaimer

Enrolment Information

Students wishing to enrol on the course MUST contact the Visiting Student Office. Further, to avoid disappointment, students are recommended to do this the Monday or Tuesday before the start of the course as the courses fill up very quickly and places are very limited. Please note you must register for these courses considerably earlier than other courses in the University.

Related Links

Students interested in taking non-credit English courses instead, please visit

English Language Support for International Students