Cambridge University Legal English Certificate (ILEC) Course

Legal English Certificate (ILEC)


This course prepares its students for work as lawyers in commercial law offices where English is the working language. The full on-line course contains 40 hours of lessons plus 30 hours of home study tasks and a further10 hours of tasks involving international legal research to cement the participant’s ability to practice International law. The lessons explain and increase knowledge and ability to use legal English words and phrases correctly, by requiring the participants to read, watch, listen and speak. The course also uses the textbook + CD's - 'International Legal English', published by Cambridge University Press. 

The course teaches legal English vocabulary and basic Commercial Law and also develops the professional skills the participants will need to work as a lawyer in a professional law office. 

The Summer Schools are held at various times during the year, in the UK, Ireland, Turkey, Egypt and Dubai. There are between 35 - 60 hours of lessons spread over either 1 or 2 weeks. We can assist with accomodation for visitors to the UK and Ireland. The trainers are all qualified UK lawyers who also hold teaching qualifications.

Course includes

  1. Genuine legal documents
  2. Video-conferencing lessons and CDs containing hundreds of exercises of reading, writing and listening. 
  3. Real case studies so you can practice the law and vocabulary learnt.

Company Law -   The law and vocabulary relating to the formation, capitalization and management of companies, changes in company structure, the issuing and transfer of shares, M &A.

Contract Law - Many types of commercial contracts are considered, including making contracts, rights, remedies, assignment and third-party rights .

Employment Law -   Western employer-employee relationships  - including dismissal, tribunals, unions, discrimination.

Sale of Goods - The law and vocabulary relating to sales and purchase of products and services, including Fitness for purpose, warranties, exclusion clauses, proper title.

Real Property - Models of sale, purchase, transfer and mortgage of land, including equitable rights and rights over land generally.

Intellectual Property - The Law of copyright, patents and trademarks and the vocabulary used in this area of law.

Negotiable Instruments - Cheques, negotiable instruments, bearer bonds and other forms of paper documents which can be used instead of cash.

Secured Transactions - covering the ways in which payment for commercial and other types of debt can be secured and protected by charges and documentation, giving rights over the possessions of the borrower/debtor.

Debtor-Creditor Law - The law and vocabulary of the protection of creditors and enforcement of payment of the debt by the debtor.

Competition Law - EU, UK and US aspects of anti-competition law, such as predatory pricing, abuse of dominant market position plus the essential vocabulary for this area of law.
There will be a Final Examination to test the participant’s knowledge of law and use of the vocabulary taught during the course.

The course includes over 500 of the most commonly used legal English words and phrases which lawyers need to know in order to practice commercial law successfully.

The full course contains 40 hours of video conference lessons using our advanced video conferencing facility allowing you to see and speak with other members of the group and the instructor. You will also have to complete another 30 hours of home study tasks in your own time and a further 10 hours of tasks carrying out International legal research to cement your ability to practice International law.

Coursebook - International Legal English, published by Cambridge University Press, plus 2 C.D's and an exam practice C.D
Participants will also have access to the Course archive library to view past lessons and exercises to review progress and revise past topics.

Course prices

Course type Video lessons with a lawyer Homework Start of a new course Course price


Live one-to-one classes
40 private lessons/ 60 min Twice/week following each class To be confirmed individually

US$ 1,500


Live Broadcasts+Homework+ Conversation
40 group lessons/ 60 min Twice/week following each class On request

US$ 720