English for Legal Purposes

3 Levels / 30 hours per Level


UAE, Jordan


English Language


International Legal English (ILE) is an upper-intermediate to advanced level course for learners who need to be able to use English in the legal profession. The course is intended for law students and practicing lawyers alike.

Course Objectives

  • To improve your ability to write common legal text types in English, such as letters or memoranda.
  • To improve your ability to read and understand legal text, such as legal periodicals, commercial legislation, legal correspondence and other commercial law documents.
  • To increase your comprehension of spoken English when it is used to speak about legal topics in meetings, presentations, interviews, discussions, etc.
  • To strengthen your speaking skills and to enable you to engage more effectively in a range of speaking situations typical of legal practice, such as client interviews, discussions with colleagues and contract negotiations.
  • To introduce you to some of the language –related aspects of the work of a commercial lawyer.

 The Practice of Law page

  • Bodies of law
  • Types of laws
  • Legal education: a call to the bar
  • A lawyer’s curriculum vitae
  • Documents in court
  • Lawyers
  • Law firm structure
  • Practice areas
  • Law firm culture

Company law: Company Formation & Management

  • Introduction to company law
  • Memorandum of association
  • Limited liability partnership bill
  • Corporate governance
  • Company formation

Company Law: Capitalization

  • Introduction to company capitalization
  • Shareholders and supervisory boards
  • New legislation
  • A rights issue
  • Plain language

Company law: Fundamental Changes in a Company

  • Introduction to changes in companies
  • Spin-offs
  • The minutes of a meeting
  • Shareholder rights
  • Explaining legal aspects of an acquisition
  • A checklist

Contracts: Contract Formation

  • Introduction to contract formation
  • A covenant
  • E-contracts
  • Negotiation
  • Contract negotiation

Contracts Remedies

  • Introduction to contract remedies
  • Liquidated damages
  • Understanding contract clauses
  • Types of breach

Contracts: Assignment and Third-Party Rights

  • Introduction to contract assignation
  • Understanding contract clauses
  • Follow up email
  • A closing argument
  • Keeping informed
  • Preparing a lawsuit and developing an argument
  • A closing argument

Employment Law

  • Introduction to employment law
  • EU directives on employment
  • A sex discrimination case
  • Unfair dismissal
  • An employment tribunal claim
  • Liability risks

Sale of Goods

  • Introduction to sale of goods legislation
  • Retention of title
  • Legal writing seminar on drafting clauses
  • A case brief

Real Property Law

  • Introduction to property law
  • A law firm’s practice areas
  • Understanding a lease or tenancy agreement
  • Case review
  • Reference email
  • Easements

Intellectual Property

  • Introduction to intellectual property
  • The state street case
  • Business method patents
  • Trade –mark statutes
  • Training of junior lawyers
  • Discussing issues- copyright and fair use

Negotiable Instruments

  • 1Introduction to negotiable instruments
  • Promissory Note
  • Legislation governing electronic negotiable instruments
  • Drafting a promissory note
  • Advice from a senior partner

Secured Transactions

  • Introduction to secured transactions
  • A security agreement
  • Seminar on revised legislation
  • Internal email
  • An unsettled area of the law
  • Creating a security interest
  • Intellectual property in secured transactions


  • Introduction to debtor-creditor
  • Statutes governing attachment
  • A career as an insolvency practitioner
  • Job opportunities in insolvency
  • Making a case
  • Protecting assets from judicial lines
  • A job interview

Competition Law

  • Introduction to completion law
  • Anti-competitive activities and antitrust measures in the EU
  • A high –profile antitrust case
  • Report on changes in merger regulation
  • Advising on competition law risks
  • Merger control

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