CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH: LEGAL (ILEC)


Level B2-C1

Duration: 32 weeks
Number of classes: 160 classes of 40 minutes

The examination is designed to test the ability of the legal practitioners to use the English language for professional purposes. It is a test of language, and not a test of legal competence. The ILEC examination is primarily intended for lawyers and law students. At the same time, it helps employers ensure that the staff they recruit has a sufficient level of English language, while to those who already have an established career in law, provides an internationally recognised certificate.

The examination is based on tasks and topics that legal practitioners encounter in their daily working lives. The areas of law which are covered by this examination are as follows:

  • Corporate law
  • Business associations
  • Contract
  • Sale of goods
  • Real property
  • Debtor-creditor
  • Intellectual property
  • Employment
  • Competition
  • Negotiable instruments
  • Aspects of international law

The examination consists of four papers:
  • Reading - The texts include a wide range of authentic sources, as extracts from law textbooks and reference books, law journals, legal correspondence, reports and web pages.
  • Writing - This paper consists of two compulsory law-related writing tasks in response to stimuli. Candidates are required to write a letter and a memorandum. The focus in the first task is on concise expression, accuracy of language, organization of content and appropriacy. In Part 2, candidates have more freedom to demonstrate their linguistic competence in full.
  • Listening - The listeners are exposed to authentic sequences such as monologues (presentations, lectures, announcements, briefings adjusted to the requirements of the tasks) as well as conversations (meetings, discussions, interviews, consultations, etc.).
  • Speaking - The candidates work individually and in pairs, having the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to use the spoken English effectively, spontaneously covering the task from law-related topic.
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