Residential Spring and Summer Schools

Residential Summer Schools 2019

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The British Legal Centre Summer Schools are held in historic Limerick on the beautiful West Coast of Ireland. They deliver practical legal English courses and training, covering a wide range of legal skills and law topics. We unite students and lawyers from all over the World in our residential school to be trained by our qualified Solicitor and Barrister instructors. The courses combine intensive study with practical workshops to train lawyers in both legal English and the professional legal skills they will need in their future careers.

There are between 30 - 60 hours of lessons spread over either 1 or 2 weeks. The trainers are all qualified UK, US, or Irish lawyers, who also hold teaching qualifications. The courses include a full programme of events and visits so that the first part of the day is spent studying, and then the afternoons and evenings are spent relaxing, shopping, and just being tourists.

We will hold a wide range of different one-week residential courses in July and August 2019, in Limerick. These include General legal English courses, such as the Contract Drafting course, General legal English course, and a Legal writing course. Details of all the courses are below.

We will also hold a series of more specialised training courses: M&A, IP Law and practice, FIDIC Construction contract law, Arbitration Law and Practice, etc. You can obtain more details and an e-brochure by contacting us at:

Holding the courses in Ireland has many advantages over similar legal summer schools run in the UK, not least that the Irish visa regime is easier, and much cheaper, than the UK – We have never heard of a visa application being refused.

The overall cost of attending a course is around 50% lower than for an equivalent course in the UK. An Irish student visa costs just Euro 60 - (In the UK, the visa costs Euro 410). Everyone in Ireland speaks English as a first language. Accommodation is less than half the price of the UK.

We have a truly varied program of events at the end of each training day: Horse-racing at Limerick racecourse, trips around historic Limerick and Blarney Castle – (where you can kiss the Blarney Stone), even a day trip to cosmopolitan Dublin for shopping and more sight-seeing at the end of the course.

The Contract Drafting course

This is a one week master-class of commercial contract drafting, for lawyers who are already, or intend to, practice in this area of law. The training covers the meaning, use and wording of commercial contract clauses: which ones to use, and how to combine them to achieve the desired results.

The Course covers: Contract law and vocabulary, Contract remedies, The meaning and use of Warranties, Covenants, Representations, Indemnities and Guarantees. Liquidated Damages clauses. Exclusion clauses and their limitations. Boilerplate clauses. Termination clauses, Protect, Defend and Hold harmless clauses. SAAS Contract terms and related SLA agreements, NDA Agreements.

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The General Law and Legal English course

The General law and legal English course is an intensive week of study designed to equip the participants with a strong knowledge of legal vocabulary and to improve their general legal writing ability. The course involves speaking, listening and writing techniques for different styles of legal documents and court arguments, client correspondence, with an emphasis on legal vocabulary and uses commercial law topics as the subjects to practice these skills.

The Course covers: Principles of Anglo/US contract law, legal English vocabulary, Legal doctrines, Public speaking practice, legal writing practice.

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The Anglo/US Contract Law Course

This one week course prepares its students for work as commercial lawyers in law offices where English is the working language. The full course contains 30 hours of Contract Law English lessons and study tasks involving international commercial legal Principles and role-play situations of real world commercial problems. All this is designed to cement the participants’ ability to practice Commercial law in an international environment.

There is a special discount for participants who study on this course and then stay for the International Arbitration Law and Practice week, the following week.

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International Arbitration Law and Practice

This training is for practicing lawyers, law students and all those involved with dispute resolution. It will improve their knowledge of the law, procedures and practices of Arbitral proceedings. The trainers are experienced International lawyers, with experience of International Arbitration proceedings, who are also qualified TEFL teachers.

The Course covers: The characteristics and nature of arbitration, the legal effects of terms of Arbitration clauses and agreements, the different steps involved in the process, the award and enforcement. We use realistic work based scenarios for discussion and exercises, including Moot court practice.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

The course has been arranged to offer a comprehensive and practical guide the international sale and purchase of companies from a strategic, legal, commercial and financial viewpoint. The lead trainer is an English lawyer who is an experienced International M&A specialist, with over 20 years experience at the highest level in this area and who was a founding partner in an international law firm in Central Europe.

The Course covers: the wide variety of skills that those involved in cross border acquisitions must possess – including the ability to juggle a diverse range of commercial and legal issues from an international viewpoint and all within the framework of foreign culture and foreign practices. The course is designed to be highly practical and features hands-on workshop sessions and case studies.

This course also entitles participants to a discount for the International Arbitration Law and Practice Course, the following week.

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Intellectual Property Law

The course covers the wide range of law, technical and legal vocabulary and best practices used in this area of law, preparing the participants to work in this rapidly developing legal field. This includes the law of patents, copyright, e-commerce, domain names, design law, the international implications of the law as well as practical skills such as drafting IP agreements, IP due diligence and the rapidly evolving Internet related law.

The Course covers: the international implications of the law as well as practical skills such as drafting IP agreements, IP due diligence and the rapidly evolving Internet related law. We use realistic work based scenarios for discussion and exercises, including Moot court practice.

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The Art of Persuasion - Public speaking and How to win Cases

The Course covers: the basics of communication and persuasion skills necessary to successfully represent clients in litigation and transactions. The Lesson topics include Persuasion Principles, Vocabulary/Words of Art, Analogy, Metaphors, & Similes, Public Speaking, Drafting Letters, Demands, & Requests, Convincing Opponents, Briefs & Written Argument, Reports, and Presentations. The format is interactive lectures with videos, exercises, quizzes, worksheets, with Faculty supervised role playing and critiques.

This is a master-class in court-room and public speaking skills delivered by highly experienced trial lawyers, who have also studied the psychology of persuasion to use in their speeches and questions. The 2 trainers, one each from the UK and the US, have trained thousands of lawyers and arbitrators to speak effectively to win cases.

This training also ooks at body language, psychology, persuasive vocabulary and the tactics of winning strategies. It is very valuable for litigators, arbitrators, and negotiators as well as those who are required to speak confidently and persuasively in public.

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FIDIC Building Contracts

The FIDIC Contracts training is for practicing lawyers, engineers and all those involved with civil construction projects. It will improve their knowledge of the law, procedures and practices of the various FIDIC Contracts, Red book, Silver book, Gold book, etc. The trainers are experienced British lawyers, and experienced engineers with experience of working with FIDIC contracts in the Middle East and handling the disputes that frequently arise from their use.

The Course covers: Which contracts to use in different circumstances and the advantages and disadvantages of each. The dispute resolution procedures of the contracts in detail, the different steps involved in the dispute process, the legal mplications of using the terms in the contracts.

We use realistic work based scenarios for discussion and exercises, including negotiation practice, and a review of the different notices which the contract circumstances may require.

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Every Course includes: Listening, writing, speaking exercises, plus a free Glossary with vocabulary definitions. Use of authentic documents/contracts. Best professional practices.

The right group for your ability!

We know that Legal English is not easy, and that students have different levels of English language ability. We have 3 different ability levels for the groups. Check your level, for free, to ensure you choose the group most appropriate for you. This ensures that you get the maximum benefit from the course. Take the free test to on this website to check your level.

Level 1. Score below 20% Basic– Suitable for students who know a few words but cannot hold a conversation. This course deals with law and legal vocabulary as well teaching general conversational English.

Level 2. Score 21% – 50% Intermediate – Suitable for those who can speak English with grammar and vocabulary mistakes. These courses deal with law and legal vocabulary plus eliminating the grammar and vocabulary mistakes.

Level 3. Score 51 % and above - Upper Intermediate and Advanced – Suitable for students who have a strong command of English. These courses concentrate on Law, legal skills, vocabulary and advanced legal writing techniques for contracts and litigation.


Our trainers

All our trainers for the Summer Schools are qualified UK lawyers, with experience of legal practice, who also hold teaching qualifications to teach English as a second language. You can find their details on our web-site at Teachers section.

We also have highly qualified international lawyers available for specialised tailored training, such as FIDIC Contracts, ICSIDA Arbitration, Judicial writing.

Most of our teacher/trainers are either UK Solicitors or Barristers. This allows us to provide trainers with an outstanding level of legal knowledge, and ability, coupled with the highest English language grammar and speaking skills.


Your stay in Limerick

Historic Limerick, located on the river Shannon and dominated by its ancient medieval castle, is a vibrant city with pubs filled with lively locals and students, all eager for another Guinness.

Home of Munster Rugby and in the heart of the Irish horse-racing industry, this ancient city near the beautiful West coast is real Ireland.

Your stay will include a visit to the evening horse-race meeting at the City’s race-course, a guided visit around the ancient castle, several parties during the week at local pubs and a shopping/sight-seeing visit to Dublin.


When you come to our Summer Schools, you are our guests and we want you to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and enjoyable activities during what may be your first visit to Ireland.

We can arrange to collect you at the airport - help you with tourist information, and draw upon our experience and knowledge to help you get the most out of your stay.

We can arrange your accommodation, either with host families, or in apartments, even in country cottages if you prefer.

Our aim is not only to teach and train you, but also to make sure that you experience the culture and life of Limerick and the surrounding countryside to make sure you enjoy your time during your stay.

Typical daily schedule

We know our Residential schools will improve your legal knowledge, legal vocabulary and legal skills.
It’s important for us, also, that enjoy your stay in the host Country so we stop the classes at 15:00 each day.
This will allow you to relax and become tourists.

Here is a typical day’s schedule:

  • 09:00 – 11:00 Plain legal English writing techniques Part 1- (Writing in the active voice, writing with verbs, avoiding the passive voice) Presentation + exercises
  • 11:00 - 11:20 Coffee break
  • 11:20 - 12:15 Plain legal English writing techniques Part 2- (Parallel grammar constructions – making the text easier to understand by using repeated grammatical constructions in a series of sentences) Presentation + exercises
  • 12:15 – 13:00 Writing in the Positive – (Making the message easier to write and understand by stating what must be done) Presentation + exercises
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Brevity, concision and accuracy – (Avoiding duplication of words and ideas in sentences and texts, combining shorter sentences to improve the flow of ideas) Presentation + exercises
  • 15:00 – Finish for the day. Free for the rest of the day and evening!

Cost: US$ 850.00 per course.

The cost of attendance at all the courses, is the same: US$ 850.00 per week. Participants are responsible for their own flight and transport costs and for the cost of their accomodation. Group discounts, and early-bird discounts, are available. We also offer discounts for participants booking a 2nd week on a different course, and we encourage everyone to take the Arbitration Law and Practice course after their first course. Group discounts of 20% are available for bookings of 2 or more participants. Early-bird discounts for booking and payment of a 20% reservation fee at least 2 months before the course.

Contact Us

We can give you friendly, no pressure, advice and information on accommodation, dates, course topics, and which course is most suitable: Call us free on our Skype telephone number: 0044 280 144 6440

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Call us - we will always be happy to talk to you.