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Introduction International Legal English (ILEC)

The Introduction to International Legal English course is intended for individuals intending to use English for a law study or within a professional legal context. Persons needing to acquire a basic knowledge of legal English for interpreting or translating are also welcome.

Target group
Start level
Language of instruction
Number of participants
Max. 18
Number of sessions
11 (10 tutorials, 1 exam)
On request

Course description

The course aims to improve the English language skills within a legal context. Participants learn to read and understand legal texts such as articles and legal correspondence. Also, they will learn to write letters and memo’s. Listening skills will be practised by means of a variety of listening exercises, such as lectures, presentations and interviews. Speaking skills will be practiced though (group) discussions, presentations, interviews and role plays.

The legal terminology of this course focuses on commercial law, civil law, property law and contract law. However, other fields of law, such as criminal law and comparative law will also be discussed.

After completing this course participants may carry on to do the ILEC-exampreparation course.  The ILEC exampreparation course prepares participants for the International Legal English Certificate, which is an internationally recognised certificate. In order to take the examination, participants must take the Cambridge exam at a recognised examination centre in the Netherlands. We expect the ILEC-exampreparation course to be on offered from September 2010 onwards at the Academic Language Centre.

Course conclusion will consist of an exam and a certificate (at least 20% attendance).

Course materials

  • Krois-Lindler, A. and M. Firth (2008). Introduction to international Legal English. a course for classroom or self-study use. (Student’s book). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (ISBN: 978 0 521 718998) 

This material is not included in the price. Participants have to order the book themselves.

Target group and admission requirements

Law students and other interested people.

Admission is open to those who have a level which is comparable to VWO-level English, or who have a B2 level according to the Common European Framework. If you have a different prior education, please contact the Academic Language Centre for an appointment for a brief language assessment.

Request this course

For more information or an offer free of engagement, contact: Mr  S. Cheng via +31(0)71 5274151 (not on Wednesday afternoons).

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