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English for Law (CEFR Level B1 – C2)

  Course Description

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Our English for Law courses are designed for people who want to improve their English in the context of the legal profession.  They are suitable for experienced professionals, people preparing for their first job in an English-speaking environment, students preparing for related courses and people who want to improve their career prospects.  Typical learners on the course are able to use the main structures of the language with some confidence and have a wide range of vocabulary.  They can adapt their language to a variety of situations, and they do not rely on fixed patterns of language or short, simple utterances.  However, they may have trouble with some unfamiliar subject areas, and lack control over longer, more complex language.

Because the courses are delivered to order, and the syllabus designed to meet individual and collective needs, the timetable is flexible, and the classes can be delivered to meet your requirements.

We can offer our English for Law courses either at Burlington School or in your company’s offices to allow you more flexibility with time.

  Course Content:

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The courses are designed to teach students the language skills they need for a career in the global legal sector.  Topics covered in the course include:

  • Evaluating evidence and making recommendations
  • Negotiating
  • Persuasive writing and speaking
  • Writing formal letters and emails
  • Giving presentations
  • The language of contracts

Please click here for a sample timetable for our English for Law course.

  Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete our English for Law course…

  • are more confident in their use of English.
  • are better able to communicate effectively and spontaneously with others in the workplace.
  • are able to work and socialise in a cross-cultural environment
  • can understand and use English legal concepts and terminology.
  • can use their skills to understand a variety of legal texts.
  • can write and respond to  letters, reports in a range of contexts.
  • can participate in discussions relating to working in the legal sector
  • are closer to achieving their career goals

These descriptors are summarised from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).  For more information please see: www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/Source/Framework_EN.pdf

Examinations:

It is a good idea to take an internationally-recognised examination to prove your language skills to employers or academic institutions.  The following English Language Examinations are suitable for people who have taken one of our English for Law courses:

Academic English Examinations

Business English Examinations

  What next?

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After finishing your English for Law course, try doing these:

  • Read articles and news stories about unfamiliar subjects in newspapers and journals
  • Read newspapers online such as the Law Society Gazette or the Lawyer
  • Listen to lectures in English (eg Ted Talks)
  • Speak to people in English in a professional context
  • Write blog posts about subjects you are familiar with in English
  • Do a work placement in an English-speaking environment
  • Take an IELTS Preparation course to prepare for university
  • Take one of our online courses
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