We need lawyers who speak great legal English
Pilar is a Spanish lawyer working for a large bank in London. She asked one of our tutors to help her with her legal English language skills and to work on contract law and a legal English exam. These are the students that we are happy to help - motivated lawyers and law students who are keen to study.
Why should I learn legal English?
Lawyers like Pilar and the many others we have taught are working in organisations and law firms where the main language is English. They know that to have a competitive advantage over both native and non-native speakers, they will need to improve their confidence and fluency in the English language.
What is Legal English?
Legal English is a specialised language of vocabulary, expressions, syntax and structure that differs from English. It can be used in writing for contracts, correspondence and other legal documents. It can also be seen and heard in spoken English - it is the language that you use to speak with colleagues, counterparts and judges.
Must I learn it?
Law is a competitive sector and many would argue that having an additional skill can only be to your advantage. When you are analysing a contract or preparing a brief, knowledge of the language can help significantly.
A competent Legal English tutor will also introduce you to some of the finer aspects of English Law so that you possess as deep a knowledge of the language as possible.
How do I find a competent Legal English Trainer?
It is vital that your teacher is skilled in teaching EFL (English as a Foreign Language) as well as law. Make sure that he or she holds a law degree, has worked in law and has been teaching English for Law for a length of time. Do not be afraid to ask questions. If the course is one-to-one, work with your tutor to determine the content beforehand.
Legal English Language Training works with law firms such as Baker & McKenzie and organisations such as Cisco Systems and Google to deliver professional and highly-regarded language courses to lawyers and legal professionals. For further information, telephone 44 (0)20 3566 0145 or fill in the form below.