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Legal English Courses

Develop your Legal English vocabulary and communication skills, taking into account your specific line of work.

Legal English courses in Edinburgh are suitable for lawyers, paralegals, legal secretaries, law students or professors of law or professionals working in legal departments.

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Course Profile: Combination

Legal English courses combine working in a small group of a maximum of 5 students in the mornings to develop general English speaking and listening communication skills with 1-to-1 classes in the afternoons.

The 1-to-1 classes focus on your individual needs and develop your Legal English vocabulary and communication skills, taking into account your specific line of work.

This course can also help you prepare for the Test of Legal English Skills (TOLES).

What to expect:

  • develop specific vocabulary for legal English
  • improve general and social English language skills and your pronunciation
  • enhance your communication skills with English-speaking clients and colleagues
  • raise your awareness of intercultural issues and ‘global English’
  • practise using English for negotiating, explaining and telephoning
  • work on specific legal areas such as contracts, employment law, family law, correspondence
  • work on your specific requests
  • join one afternoon excursion per week to a place of cultural interest = 3 extra hours of spoken English and listening practice

Course Level

Suitable for:

Elementary A2Advanced C1

Course Summary

  • 25 or 30 hours per week
  • Start any Monday
  • Minimum age 18
  • Average age of group 25 – 55+
  • Maximum 5 students per group

You will be emailed a 'Needs Analysis' form to complete before the start of your course. During your first 1-to-1 lesson you and your teacher will put together a study plan for your course. We encourage you to be active in the preparation and design of your course.

Legal English

Course Profile: 1-to-1

The 1-to-1 classes will focus on your individual needs and will develop your Legal English vocabulary and communication skills, taking into account your specific line of work.

This course can also help you prepare for the Test of Legal English Skills (TOLES).

What to expect:

  • develop specific vocabulary for legal English
  • improve general and social English language skills and your pronunciation
  • enhance your communication skills with English-speaking clients and colleagues
  • raise your awareness of intercultural issues and ‘global English’
  • practise using English for negotiating, explaining and telephoning
  • work on specific legal areas such as contracts, employment law, family law, correspondence
  • work on your specific requests
  • join one afternoon excursion per week to a place of cultural interest = 3 extra hours of spoken English and listening practice

Who needs Legal English?

Course Level

Suitable for:

Elementary A2Advanced C2

Course Summary

  • 15, 20, 25 or 30 hours per week
  • Start any Monday
  • Minimum age 18

You will be emailed a 'Needs Analysis' form to complete before the start of your course. During your first 1-to-1 lesson you and your teacher will put together a study plan for your course. We encourage you to be active in the preparation and design of your course.

Legal English

Course Profile: Intensive Summer Course (General + Legal English)

Improve both your General English communication skills and practical Legal English skills. Take the TOLES* (Test of Legal English Skills) exam at the end of the course and gain a recognised qualification in Legal English.

This intensive 4-week Legal English course focuses on:

  • The accurate use of grammar and vocabulary in both written and spoken English
  • Developing your General English vocabulary, pronunciation and listening skills
  • Widening your Legal English vocabulary – general and specific
  • Developing letter/email writing and drafting skills in good English
  • Enhancing negotiating and presentation skills when working in English
  • Working with business and contracts vocabulary
  • Preparation for the TOLES* Higher/Advanced exam which is taken at the end of the course
  • Maximum 5 students per group

Intensive Legal English and TOLES Preparation Courses are taught by fully qualified and experienced Legal English trainers.

A guaranteed maximum of 5 students per group ensures that all students have the opportunity to participate and learn as much as possible in a short amount of time.

This course is suitable for lawyers and for employees working in legal departments where the working language is English. The course is also suitable for students of law who wish to learn specific legal vocabulary in English and improve their written English skills.

The course consists of:

5 pre-course tasks Legal English self-study tasks to do in your own country as preparation before the start of the classroom course in Edinburgh.

You will be sent exercises focusing on grammar accuracy, vocabulary and Legal English written tasks. These will be emailed to you and corrected prior to your arrival in Edinburgh.

In Edinburgh, you will join a General English small group in the mornings to engage in vocabulary building exercises and group discussions. The aim is to develop your communication skills in English and learn to use the language naturally. Maximum 5 students per group.

In the afternoons, you will join a Legal English group with a maximum of 5 students. The focus is on using Legal English in real situations, drafting, negotiating, letter writing and any specific requests.

The TOLES exam is taken at the end of the course and is included in the course price.

We advise early booking in order for you to have enough time to do the pre-course written tasks. We also recommend booking courses and accommodation for July and August as far in advance as possible.

Course Level

Suitable for:

Intermediate B1Advanced C1

Course Summary

  • Course dates (Monday 27th July - Friday 21st August 2020)
  • Written assessment and oral Skype interview once you have booked the course
  • 10 hours pre-arrival tasks (5 x 2 hours). Written tasks emailed and corrected before arrival in Edinburgh
  • General English in the mornings (60 hours)
  • Legal English in the afternoons (50 hours)
  • 4 afternoon excursions to places of cultural interest
  • TOLES exam is included in the price​ (the exam takes place on 20th August 2020)

Legal English

Course Profile: Intensive 5-day

Improve your practical Legal English skills with this intensive course for lawyers, law students or recent graduates and employees working in legal departments. Take the TOLES* (Test of Legal English Skills) exam at the end of this intensive course and gain a recognised qualification in Legal English.

This intensive 5-day Legal English course focuses on:

  • The accurate use of grammar and vocabulary in both written and spoken English
  • Widening your Legal English vocabulary – general and specific
  • Developing letter/email writing and drafting skills in good English
  • Enhancing pronunciation, negotiating and presentation skills when working in English
  • Working with business and contracts vocabulary
  • Preparation for the TOLES* Higher/Advanced exam which is taken at the end of the course
  • Maximum 5 students per group

Intensive Legal English and TOLES Preparation Courses are taught by fully qualified and experienced Legal English trainers.

A guaranteed maximum of 5 students per group ensures that all students have the opportunity to participate and learn as much as possible.

This course is suitable for lawyers and for employees working in legal departments where the working language is English. The course is also suitable for students of law who wish to learn specific legal vocabulary in English and improve their written English skills.

The course consists of:

Five pre-course Legal English self-study tasks. You will be sent exercises focusing on grammar accuracy, vocabulary and Legal English written tasks. These will be emailed to you and corrected prior to your arrival in Edinburgh.

In Edinburgh, you will join a Legal English group with a maximum of 5 students. The course lasts for 30 hours over five days. The focus is on using Legal English in real situations, drafting, negotiating, letter writing and any specific requests.

The TOLES exam is taken at the end of the course and is included in the course price.

What is TOLES?

Course Level

Suitable for:

Intermediate B1Advanced C1

Course Summary

  • Written assessment and oral Skype interview once you have booked the course
  • 30 hours Legal English in Edinburgh, 6 classroom hours per day
  • Five pre-course tasks. Written tasks emailed and corrected before your arrival in Edinburgh
  • TOLES exam at the end of the course is included in the course price

Legal English

Prices: Combination

Total hours
per week
General English group
maximum 5 students
Professional 1-to-1 Price (GBP)
per week
25 20 hours 5 hours 1-3 weeks = £625
4-6 weeks = £610
7+ weeks = £595
25 15 hours 10 hours 1-3 weeks = £800
4-6 weeks = £775
7+ weeks = £760
30 20 hours 10 hours 1-3 weeks = £850
4-6 weeks = £830
7+ weeks = £815
30 15 hours 15 hours 1-3 weeks = £975
4-6 weeks = £955
7+ weeks = £940

Total hours per week: 25

General English group
maximum 5 students: 20 hours

Professional 1-to-1: 5 hours

Price (GBP)
per week: 1‑3 weeks = £625 / 4‑6 weeks = £610 / 7+ weeks = £595

Total hours per week: 25

General English group
maximum 5 students: 15 hours

Professional 1-to-1: 10 hours

Price (GBP)
per week: 1‑3 weeks = £800 / 4‑6 weeks = £775 / 7+ weeks = £760

Total hours per week: 30

General English group
maximum 5 students: 20 hours

Professional 1-to-1: 10 hours

Price (GBP)
per week: 1‑3 weeks = £850 / 4‑6 weeks = £830 / 7+ weeks = £815

Total hours per week: 30

General English group
maximum 5 students: 15 hours

Professional 1-to-1: 15 hours

Price (GBP)
per week: 1‑3 weeks = £975 / 4‑6 weeks = £955 / 7+ weeks = £940

if you require a different number of hours, please contact us for a personal quote

Prices: 1-to-1

Total class hours per week Price (GBP)
15 £955
20 £1350
25 £1600
30 £1800

Total class hours per week: 15

Price (GBP): £955

Total class hours per week: 20

Price (GBP): £1350

Total class hours per week: 25

Price (GBP): £1600

Total class hours per week: 30

Price (GBP): £1800

If you require a different number of hours, please contact us for a quote

Prices: Intensive Summer Course (General + Legal English)

Dates Price (GBP)
4 Weeks: 27th July - 21st August 2020 £2095

4 Weeks: 27th July - 21st August 2020

Price (GBP): £2095

Price includes the TOLES exam

Prices: Intensive 5-day

2020 Dates last booking date Price
Saturday 20th - Wednesday 24th June (TOLES exam 25th June) 21st May £1295
Saturday 14th - Wednesday 18th November (TOLES exam 19th November) 15th October £1295

2020 Dates: Saturday 20th - Wednesday 24th June (TOLES exam 25th June)

last booking date: 21st May

Price: £1295

2020 Dates: Saturday 14th - Wednesday 18th November (TOLES exam 19th November)

last booking date: 15th October

Price: £1295

Early booking is recommended in order to have enough time to complete the pre-course tasks at home

Price Includes

  • all teaching
  • all materials
  • one weekly afternoon excursion
  • tea and coffee at break time
  • guided self-study
  • use of library materials
  • certificate of attendance
  • end of course progress report
  • internet/WiFi

Course Timetables: Combination

General + Legal English 25 hours a week (5 hours 1-to-1) September - June

Time From Time To Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:15 10:45 General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class
10:45 11:00 Break Break Break Break Break
11:00 12:30 General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class
12:30 13:30 Break Break Excursion Break Break
13:30 15:10 General English - Group Class General English - Group Class Excursion General English - Group Class 1-to-1 Class until 15.30
15:30 17:00 1-to-1 Class 1-to-1 Class Excursion Free Free

Monday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

10:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 15:10 : 

General English - Group Class

15:30 - 17:00 : 

1-to-1 Class

Tuesday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

10:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 15:10 : 

General English - Group Class

15:30 - 17:00 : 

1-to-1 Class

Wednesday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

10:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Excursion

13:30 - 15:10 : 

Excursion

15:30 - 17:00 : 

Excursion

Thursday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

10:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 15:10 : 

General English - Group Class

15:30 - 17:00 : 

Free

Friday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

10:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 15:10 : 

1-to-1 Class until 15.30

15:30 - 17:00 : 

Free

1 hour = 60 minutes

Please check your course confirmation letter for your specific course times. Occasionally course times may need to change.

General + Legal English 25 hours per week (5 hours 1-to-1) July and August

Time From Time To Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00 10:30 General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class
10:30 10:45 Break Break Break Break Break
10:45 12:15 General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class
12:15 13:30 Break Break Excursion Break Break
13:30 14:45 General English - Group Class General English - Group Class Excursion General English - Group Class General English - Group Class
15:00 17:30 Client A 1-to-1 class Client A 1-to-1 class Excursion Client B 1-to-1 class Client B 1-to-1 class

Monday

09:00 - 10:30 : 

General English - Group Class

10:30 - 10:45 : 

Break

10:45 - 12:15 : 

General English - Group Class

12:15 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 14:45 : 

General English - Group Class

15:00 - 17:30 : 

Client A 1-to-1 class

Tuesday

09:00 - 10:30 : 

General English - Group Class

10:30 - 10:45 : 

Break

10:45 - 12:15 : 

General English - Group Class

12:15 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 14:45 : 

General English - Group Class

15:00 - 17:30 : 

Client A 1-to-1 class

Wednesday

09:00 - 10:30 : 

General English - Group Class

10:30 - 10:45 : 

Break

10:45 - 12:15 : 

General English - Group Class

12:15 - 13:30 : 

Excursion

13:30 - 14:45 : 

Excursion

15:00 - 17:30 : 

Excursion

Thursday

09:00 - 10:30 : 

General English - Group Class

10:30 - 10:45 : 

Break

10:45 - 12:15 : 

General English - Group Class

12:15 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 14:45 : 

General English - Group Class

15:00 - 17:30 : 

Client B 1-to-1 class

Friday

09:00 - 10:30 : 

General English - Group Class

10:30 - 10:45 : 

Break

10:45 - 12:15 : 

General English - Group Class

12:15 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 14:45 : 

General English - Group Class

15:00 - 17:30 : 

Client B 1-to-1 class

Please check your course confirmation letter for your specific course times. Occasionally course times may need to change.

General + Legal English 25 hours per week (10 hours 1-to-1 Specific English)

Time From Time To Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:15 10:45 General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class
10:45 11:00 Break Break Break Break Break
11:00 12:30 General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class
12:30 13:30 Break Break Excursion Break Break
13:30 16:00 1-to-1 Class 1-to-1 Class Excursion 1-to-1 Class 1-to-1 Class

Monday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

10:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 16:00 : 

1-to-1 Class

Tuesday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

10:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 16:00 : 

1-to-1 Class

Wednesday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

10:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Excursion

13:30 - 16:00 : 

Excursion

Thursday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

10:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 16:00 : 

1-to-1 Class

Friday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

10:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 16:00 : 

1-to-1 Class

In July and August morning General English classes start at 9am and finish at 12.15

Please check your course confirmation letter for your specific course times. Occasionally course times may need to change.

General + Legal English 30 hours per week (10 hours 1-to-1 Specific English)

Time From Time To Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:15 10:45 General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class
22:45 11:00 Break Break Break Break Break
11:00 12:30 General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class
12:30 13:30 Break Break Excursion Break Break
13:30 15:10 General English - Group Class General English - Group Class Excursion General English - Group Class 1-to-1 Class
15:30 17:30 1-to-1 Class 1-to-1 Class Excursion 1-to-1 Class 1-to-1 Class

Monday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

22:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 15:10 : 

General English - Group Class

15:30 - 17:30 : 

1-to-1 Class

Tuesday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

22:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 15:10 : 

General English - Group Class

15:30 - 17:30 : 

1-to-1 Class

Wednesday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

22:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Excursion

13:30 - 15:10 : 

Excursion

15:30 - 17:30 : 

Excursion

Thursday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

22:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 15:10 : 

General English - Group Class

15:30 - 17:30 : 

1-to-1 Class

Friday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

22:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 15:10 : 

1-to-1 Class

15:30 - 17:30 : 

1-to-1 Class

In July and August morning General English classes start at 9am and finish at 12.15

Please check your course confirmation letter for your specific course times. Occasionally course times may need to change.

General + Legal English 30 hours per week (15 hours 1-to-1 Specific English)

Time From Time To Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:15 10:45 General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class
10:45 11:00 Break Break Break Break Break
11:00 12:30 General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class
12:30 13:30 Break Break Break Break Break
13:30 17:15 1-to-1 Class 1-to-1 Class Excursion 1-to-1 Class 1-to-1 Class

Monday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

10:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 17:15 : 

1-to-1 Class

Tuesday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

10:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 17:15 : 

1-to-1 Class

Wednesday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

10:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 17:15 : 

Excursion

Thursday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

10:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 17:15 : 

1-to-1 Class

Friday

09:15 - 10:45 : 

General English - Group Class

10:45 - 11:00 : 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 : 

General English - Group Class

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 17:15 : 

1-to-1 Class

In July and August morning classes start at 9am and finish at 12.15

Please check your course confirmation letter for your specific course times. Occasionally course times may need to change.

Course Timetables: 1-to-1

15 to 30 hours Individual Tuition

Time From Time To Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:15 12:30 15 hour course 15 hour course 15 hour course 15 hour course 15 hour course
12:30 13:30 Break Break Break Break Break
13:30 15:10 20 hour course 20 hour course Excursion 20 hour course Free
13:30 16:00 25 hour course 25 hour course Excursion 25 hour course 25 hour course
13:30 17:15 30 hour course 30 hour course Excursion 30 hour course 30 hour course

Monday

09:15 - 12:30 : 

15 hour course

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 15:10 : 

20 hour course

13:30 - 16:00 : 

25 hour course

13:30 - 17:15 : 

30 hour course

Tuesday

09:15 - 12:30 : 

15 hour course

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 15:10 : 

20 hour course

13:30 - 16:00 : 

25 hour course

13:30 - 17:15 : 

30 hour course

Wednesday

09:15 - 12:30 : 

15 hour course

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 15:10 : 

Excursion

13:30 - 16:00 : 

Excursion

13:30 - 17:15 : 

Excursion

Thursday

09:15 - 12:30 : 

15 hour course

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 15:10 : 

20 hour course

13:30 - 16:00 : 

25 hour course

13:30 - 17:15 : 

30 hour course

Friday

09:15 - 12:30 : 

15 hour course

12:30 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 15:10 : 

Free

13:30 - 16:00 : 

25 hour course

13:30 - 17:15 : 

30 hour course

Please check your course confirmation letter for your specific course times. Occasionally course times may need to change.

Course Timetables: Intensive Summer Course (General + Legal English)

Summer Legal English course timetable

Time From Time To Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00 12:15 General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class General English - Group Class
12:15 13:30 Break Break Break Break Break
13:30 17:15 Legal English & TOLES Prep Legal English & TOLES Prep Excursion Legal English & TOLES Prep Legal English & TOLES Prep

Monday

09:00 - 12:15 : 

General English - Group Class

12:15 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 17:15 : 

Legal English & TOLES Prep

Tuesday

09:00 - 12:15 : 

General English - Group Class

12:15 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 17:15 : 

Legal English & TOLES Prep

Wednesday

09:00 - 12:15 : 

General English - Group Class

12:15 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 17:15 : 

Excursion

Thursday

09:00 - 12:15 : 

General English - Group Class

12:15 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 17:15 : 

Legal English & TOLES Prep

Friday

09:00 - 12:15 : 

General English - Group Class

12:15 - 13:30 : 

Break

13:30 - 17:15 : 

Legal English & TOLES Prep

Please check your course confirmation letter for your specific course times. Occasionally course times may need to change.

A timetable for this option is not currently available.

ECS Scotland is a registered TOLES exam centre

If you wish to register for the TOLES Legal English exam, please email us to book your place. The TOLES exam costs £160. If you would like to prepare for the TOLES exam in Edinburgh, you can study an intensive 5-day Legal English course and take the TOLES exam at the end of the course.

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