Legal English differs from standard English in that it refers to the style of English used by legal professionals in their work. For example, Legal English used in international contracts and statutes, which can also be referred to as “legalese”.
Legal English has long been considered a necessary skill for lawyers in English-speaking countries. Owing to the emergence of English as the language of international business it fast becoming a necessary skill for all legal international professionals to consider acquiring.
TOLES (Test Of Legal English Skills), which is a practical test provided particularly for lawyers and law students in order to check their ability to use Legal English. The exams are offered at 3 levels: TOLES Foundation, TOLES Higher and TOLES Advanced.
TOLES Foundation is the first level of the TOLES series, which expands an awareness of the real tasks a lawyer carries out in an international legal office and focuses on real and recent legal developments and cases.
TOLES Higher is the second step in successful professional development with TOLES. The major aim of this exam is to build on the knowledge and skills learners have acquired at Foundation level and take them on to the next level.
TOLES Advanced is the third step in successful professional development with TOLES. It was created and then developed in consultation with leading commercial law firms and is considered to be the gold standard of legal English achievement.