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When it comes to a good book on Legal English language skills, there are not too many up-to-date versions. The books listed below can help you to gain a deeper understanding of the English used by lawyers within English-speaking countries and should also be able to help you with the TOLES test.
by Michael Davies
An affordable e-book written by one of our language trainers, this is a practical guide to improving your skills in Legal English. There are chapters devoted to negotiating, telephone etiquette and grammar. The book has been sold around the world and is a useful introduction to the language and law in England and Wales.
by Gary Slapper
Gary Slapper is an enthusiastic user of Twitter (and has been retweeted by us many times), writes for The Times Law and is Global Professor at NYU. For any international lawyer who is seeking to develop an understanding of the English legal system, this is the book to read. It explains the legal profession and the court structure in a fluid and engaging style.
Following the principle that 'words are the lawyer's tools of trade', this book seeks to explain to non-English speakers the language of Legal English. The book is designed very well, with good explanations of the language that even non-lawyers can understand. It also includes exercises for consolidating what students have learned.
While this is aimed at law students and students at the beginning of their careers, the advice provided is comprehensive and of immense value. The book details the conventions and rules of writing reports, memoranda and e-mails among other aspects of written communication.
While this is focused more on the soon-to-be-discontinued ILEC exam, this is the best exercise book on Legal English. The main focus is on commercial law with detailed chapters on contract law but the layout and variety of exercises is enormously helpful for both students and teachers.