English Language Education

English for Lawyers

A language course for qualified lawyers with professional experience who need to improve their English for work - dealing with individual or corporate clients or fellow lawyers across different legal jurisdictions.

Course details

Language level
Upper intermediate to advanced
The Council of Europe's Common European Framework levels B2 to C1 (IELTS 5.5-7.5, TOEFL 87-114)
Participants should be able to read English (newspapers, textbooks, journals) relatively easily and be able to understand spoken English with few problems. If you are in doubt about your level of English for this course, please contact us.
Participants and entry requirements
This two week language course is intended for lawyers who need to improve their English for their work. Participants are likely to be in a legal practice which involves the use of English to deal with individual or corporate clients, or fellow lawyers, across different legal jurisdictions. It is assumed that participants will have been practising law for a minimum of two years.


The course is based on 20 timetabled hours per week - five mornings and three afternoons.

Course description

The course gives participants the opportunity to extend and activate their legal vocabulary in English; to increase fluency and confidence in using English in professional contexts; and enables participants to prioritise their own language learning needs with a view to continued English language development after the course. A variety of topics are covered by the course including aspects of the UK legal system; company law; contract law and property acquisition.

Course activities will include:

  • Role plays of meetings and negotiations
  • Giving short presentations on legal topics
  • Reading and discussion of legal text, including case reports
  • Vocabulary building exercises

There will be legal guest speakers from the School of Law and from local law firms.

There are opportunities for individual work, for example in preparing and giving a short talk. Participants are expected to do a certain amount of individual study.

Note: Please be aware that the residential accommodation on offer is student accommodation.