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Of all the places in the world to study Legal English, there is one city that stands out among all others. It is the centre of English Law and its mixture of historical legal buildings, international law firms and excellent Legal English language teachers mark it out as the number one location for learning English for Law and TOLES. The city is, of course, London and many students visit us each year to improve their language skills.
Study Legal English in London
It is frequently said that any language student coming to London not only has a tutor to support them but the city itself also acts as a guide and a helper. Where else can you walk in to The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and sit in a Judge's chair? Or walk the old streets of Legal London at the Inns of Court, which have not changed for hundreds of years? Or visit the square mile to see where all the international law firms are based?
Choosing a Legal English course is a serious investment, so please make sure that you use a language provider that has built a solid reputation in the field. Ask questions of your tutor, talk to them and make sure that they know their subject inside and out. Too many language schools just use substandard teachers who have no idea of English for Law because of cost reductions.
Legal English Teacher
Ensure that your Legal English tutor has sufficient experience in English as a second language teaching and in the law. It is difficult to find specialists in both areas, but luckily our lead Legal English instructor has studied law and worked for some of the top law firms in the UK. He has also been teaching English for over ten years. This unique combination makes our Legal English courses the ideal way to develop your knowledge of this niche area of the English language and is something that makes us leaders in the field.
One should also examine the content of the course. "Legal English" is a broad term and clearly, every learner is different. This is why every Legal English course with us is different as it is tailored to your particular needs. Your liaison will talk through with you what you are expecting from the course and then the course will be tailored to those areas that you need to cover. A lawyer focusing on contract law would have a vastly different course from a legal secretary working in employment law, for example. This is how it should be.
Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, look at the cost. The most expensive course is not necessarily the best as large organisations often have large overheads. Remember to check that your legal English tutor has studied and worked in law as well as EFL. It is vital that they know what they are talking about and that they are good at communicating.
For more information on Legal English courses in the UK, contact us on 020 3566 0145, by e-mail or by filling in the form on this page.
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