LEGIS Preparation Courses

LEGIS (Legal English International Skills)

  • An introductory course for those with an academic or professional interest in Legal English
  • Level – Intermediate and above
  • Trainers qualified and experienced in teaching English for Law
  • Course length 4 weeks
  • Maximum 12 per class
  • 21 hours plus 10 hours of teacher-assisted private study per week
  • 8 Courses per year
  • Legal English test available on each course

This is a skills-based English for Law course which offers participants a total of 60 hours of General English and 24 hours of training in specific legal English language and skills over a 4-week period. The programme is also suitable preparation for the NEW Legal English International Test (LEGIT), which has recently been developed specifically for legal English students at the Cambridge Academy of English and which participants take at the end of the course. All students receive a certificate and report stating their level of Legal English

Course Aims

  • Learn the key legal vocabulary
  • Improve your writing skills and your fluency
  • Expand your knowledge of English both for law and for general purposes
  • Demonstrate your skills with an end of course test and certificate

Legal English Skills

  • Professional language skills focusing on key areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing for the following topics:
  • Contracts, Company Law, Civil Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Litigation, Intellectual Property  and International Law

The NEW Legal English International Test (LEGIT) is a key exam for law students and lawyers who need to show proficiency in legal English. The exam has been developed specifically for CAE and our students. All testing takes place at CAE and test certificates are issued on completion of the course. CAE is particularly well-equipped to prepare students for LEGIT, having already successfully taught a variety of English for Law and Legal English exam courses for over 25 years.

LEGIS and LEGIT Frequently Asked Questions

What level of English do I need?

The LEGIS course is for students with an intermediate to advanced level of English (Common European Framework: B1 – C1)

Do I need to have legal experience?

The course is open to anyone who is working in Law or interested in studying Legal English, and is also suitable for people who have no previous experience.

How many hours of Legal English will I study?

Students on this course study general English for 3 hours in the morning and 1.5 hours on the LEGIS course in the afternoon (4 days a week).

What do the afternoon LEGIS lessons involve?

Learning the basic terms and vocabulary to understand legal English; practice of writing and speaking skills, all in a legal context.

Which areas of law are included?

The course always includes contract law and company law, criminal law and litigation. Other topics such as negligence, intellectual property, employment law, civil law and international law are included.

What is the LEGIT exam?

This is an end of course exam which test students’ knowledge of legal terms and written English. Each student receives a certificate and a report which measures their level of Legal English against the Common European Framework.

When does the exam take place?

There are module tests throughout the course, which contribute to the student’s final score, and there is a final exam on the last day of the LEGIS course (the fourth Thursday afternoon). Results and certificates are presented to students the following day.

What is the difference between CAE’s English for Lawyers Course, English for Law Students Course and LEGIS?

  • English for Lawyers is for practising lawyers, takes place in our 25+ Professional Centre and includes 12.5 hours of 1:1 classes as well as Small Group teaching (maximum class size 4).
  • English for Law students is for law students and newly qualified lawyers and consists of legal skills  and language for all 21 hours per week. Maximum class size 12.
  • LEGIS is an introductory course for those working in law or interested in legal English. 15 hours of General English and 6 hours of basic legal English plus LEGIT test. Maximum class size 12.