Cambridge International Legal English Certificate Preparatory Course – ILEC

Our Cambridge ILEC Preparatory Course is a 30-hour, 10-week preparation course, designed to prepare its attendees to take the University of Cambridge, International Legal English Certificate qualifying examination (*Cambridge ILEC). This course is not limited to attorneys, but is also suitable for law firm staff and law students wishing to improve their ability to communicate in English, orally and in writing.

The class meets once per week, for 10 weeks, in the evening from 18h30-21h30, for a total of 30 hours. The course is limited to 10 participants. (Course attendees are NOT required to take the examination.)

The next preparatory course for 2011 has not yet been scheduled.  If you are interested in a course, please contact us HERE, and we will notify you as soon as one is scheduled.  You may also arrange for a private course to be provided at your law firm.  Contact us for details.

Cost for the course is usually €1200*, however a discount may be applied if groups of attorneys from the same firm enroll together.

*plus the cost of the course book and subject to our standard rules and disclaimers.

The following information is taken from the University of Cambridge website:

For any lawyer working with international matters, English is an essential tool.

It is the common language of the legal profession, of business and of international affairs.

Employers need to know that the legal staff they appoint have an appropriate level of English to be able to communicate with clients and professionals in other countries, and to be able to deal effectively with material written in English.

Those who have recently qualified as lawyers, or who are still studying, need to be able to show employers that they have these skills.

A high-level language qualification for lawyers

The International Legal English Certificate (Cambridge ILEC) assesses English language ability at Levels B2 and C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) —an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability.

Is Cambridge ILEC for you?

Cambridge ILEC was created to meet the needs of both employers and lawyers. It is also suitable for law students intending to follow courses which include a significant English language content — either in their own country or abroad.

Do you…

  • have a good working knowledge of English?
  • want to develop this knowledge for use in a legal environment?

If so, Cambridge ILEC might be the right exam for you.

The exam

From 2010, Cambridge ILEC is available every month through Cambridge ESOL’s network of centres all over the world.

The exam consists of four separate papers testing reading, writing, listening and speaking, which together last just under 3.5 hours (not including breaks).

The Speaking test is conducted face-to-face by Cambridge ESOL Oral Examiners.

Cambridge ILEC is based on realistic tasks and topics that legal practitioners might expect to encounter in their daily working lives.

A list of exam centers in France can be found HERE.


Test results are normally reported approximately six weeks after the test date. Levels of performance in the exam are distinguished by a range of passing and failing grades.

The passing grades are B2 Pass, C1 Pass and C1 Pass with Merit.

All candidates receive a Statement of Results showing their overall grade and their performance on each of the four papers. Candidates who achieve a passing grade will also receive a certificate awarded by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.


ILEC is recognised around the world by law firms, educational organisations, government agencies, immigration authorities and professional bodies.