Your Legal English Questions Answered
What makes Legal English Language Training the best language school in the UK for lawyers and law students? How many lawyers do you work with in a year?
Have your teachers really taught at Google, Cisco Systems, BDB, Atlantica and all those leading international law firms?
You asked the questions and we answered them honestly and with full frankness.
How did Legal English UK start?
A group of Legal Language Trainers got tired of working for anonymous language schools run by corporations and billionaires. We could see that there was no accountability and no motivation for the teachers to do well. The language schools were like a McDonalds franchise. You sit down in a big group, an underpaid EFL teacher talks to you for fifty minutes and you leave the classroom having learnt nothing.
There had to be a better way to teach Legal English, TOLES and Legal Spanish. All of the teachers had legal backgrounds and had been working in EFL and ESOL sectors for several years. It made sense to provide a better service where lawyers and law students could benefit and get considerably more value.
Who have you worked with?
Legal English Language Training is proud to have worked with law firms of the calibre of Baker & McKenzie, Jausas Law and Hardwicke Chambers as well as top corporations such as Google and Cisco Systems and law societies such as ELSA and the Almeria Law Society in Spain. It is an honour that these many great organisations recognise that in an area as complex as legal English, there is much better value to be gained from consulting experts that value you and your organisation rather than a school with millions of students.
What is your teaching style?
Whether you are learning legal English, legal Spanish, legal German, legal French or business English, every course is different. We prefer teaching one-to-one as every individual has different learning capabalities and we are trying to be different from every other language school in the world.
Lawyers are highly demanding students. In a group of 12 or 15, they are going to get lost in the slipstream. Teachers will forget them or will be concentrating on the weakest students. Our role is to increase your confidence and improve your fluency in order to become the best lawyer in your firm. If you want to be like everyone else, go to McDonald's.
Do you work with ELSA?
ELSA stands for the European Law Students' Association and we have worked with them in the past and are always looking to work with them in the future. We prefer to gain our language students through word-of-mouth rather than through agencies but if ELSA were to approach us and we found a transparent way of working with them, we would be more than happy to do that.
Are you accredited by the British Council?
We have consulted widely on this and believe that Legal English Language Training derives no value whatsoever to possessing accreditation by English UK or the British Council. While we have friendly relationships with both organisations and they have asked us to join them on many occasions, they are groups that exist for marketing purposes and have no bearing on quality control of language classes and teachers. We believe that the thousands of pounds it costs to be a member of these organisations are far better spent on training our own teachers to be the very best in the industry. We have also asked that they include a demand that their members pay teachers a decent wage but they have refused to do so.
Legal English Language Training runs classes for lawyers in English and several other modern foreign languages. For further information, you can e-mail us or telephone (44)0 20 3566 0145. You can also fill in the form below.
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