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Section 1: Overview

Is this course for me?

  • This course is ideal for students who want to improve their English skills for use in a variety of legal contexts
  • It combines general English with specialist English for law related topics
  • You'll develop the language skills to communicate comfortably in legal contexts such as Legal English, company law, employment law, contracts, intellectual property, property law, and more.

Key Facts

Available in

  • London

Start dates:

  • Every Monday between 3 January and 5 December 2022

Entry level:

  • Lower Intermediate (Kings Level 4)

Age:

  • 16+

Duration:

  • Minimum 2 weeks

Class size:

  • Maximum 14

Lessons per week:

  • 28 lessons per week total (21 hours).  20 lessons (15 hours) General English + 8 lessons (6 hours) Legal English 

Included in the price:

  • 28 lessons per week (21 hours)
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Course materials
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation and progress tests
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Access to Classmate, the Kings online learning platform
  • Free Wi-fi at school
  • Regular accompanied visits to law firms or legal institutions 
  • Full access to Kings social programme, with at least two free activities per week
  • Full access to join Kings’ school clubs and societies
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)

Section 2: Course structure and content

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) per week of General English
  • 8 lessons (6 hours) per week Legal English

General English lessons

Your general English lessons will be designed to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening at a consistent rate. Each week, lessons will focus on a different topic.

Key areas covered include:

Communication skills

  • Conversational language skills
  • Listening and accents
  • Reading and interpretation
  • Writing and presenting

Linguistic resources

  • Building your vocabulary bank
  • Fine tuning your pronunciation
  • Interpretation of texts
  • Grammar and syntax

Study skills

  • Note taking and revision
  • Research skills
  • Time management and planning
  • Dictionary work
  • Learner autonomy

Cultural and personal development

  • Understanding cultural difference and similarity
  • Team work and leadership
  • Presenting an argument
  • Discussion skills

You will be assigned to your general English class based on your current Kings Level. We have classes right through to Level 8 (Advanced), and you will progress up through the levels as your skills improve and your confidence grows.

Specialised Legal English lessons

These lessons will focus on the following key areas:

  • Legal English terminology including criminal vocabulary, types of court, employment law, intellectual property, company law, property law
  • Presentation skills, formal letter writing
  • Educational visits
  • Legal case studies

Core example subjects using English for law include:

  • Introduction to Legal English
  • Company Law
  • Employment Law
  • Contracts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Property Law
  • Legal Practitioners
  • European Union Law
  • Debtor-Creditor Law
  • Competition Law

Students visit law firms and legal institutions as part of this course.

Example visits include:

  • The Supreme Court
  • The Houses of Parliament
  • The Rolls Building
  • The Old Bailey (Central Criminal Court)
  • The Law Society
  • Croydon Crown Court
  • Firm of solicitors (firm to be chosen in relation to students’ areas of interest)
  • Magistrate’s Court
  • The Royal Courts of Justice

Section 3: Meet the teacher – Susan Brice

  • Susan Brice, the English for Law teacher at Kings London, has been teaching for over 30 years.
  • She has a BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, RSA Preparatory Certificate in TEFLA from International House and a Diploma in Linguistics.
  • In relation to her role delivering the Legal English section of the English for Law course, Sue has experience of criminal and civil court proceedings, having worked as a solicitors’ clerk. This has involved attending counsel in court and taking notes of trial for both barrister and solicitor reference; liaising between barrister and solicitor during court hearings, when necessary; attending and recording counsel conferences in lieu of solicitor; attending counsel on prison visits; taking witness statements; filing claims with court office; acting as court interpreter Polish/English.
  • Susan also has five years’ experience teaching legal English skills at Warsaw University, Poland.

Sample timetable

Please note: Sample timetable subject to change. General English lessons may take place in mornings or afternoons in summer.

Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri

09:00 – 10:30
(Lessons 1 & 2)

General English

Progress test
including listening and writing

Individual and group feedback on test

Grammar
Using ‘will’ and ‘shall’ in polite requests

Pronunciation
Open and closed questions (intonation)

Professional skills
Interviews.

Vocabulary
Common idioms and phrasal verbs used to describe behaviour

Reading, listening and writing
Giving tips on how to behave in different situations

Listening
Understanding how technology works

Functional language
Giving instructions

Task-based learning (leadership and team work)
Building a bridge

Grammar review
‘Will’, ‘shall’ and relative clauses

Video
Ted Talk: How to lead a conversation between people who disagree

Discussion
Beyond right and wrong?

10:30 – 11:00 Break Break Break Break Break

11:00 – 12:30
(Lessons 3 & 4)

General English

Vocabulary
Social behavior: Talking about norms and customs

Discussion
Understanding cultural differences

Video
Phone addiction.

Role-play
Asking for and offering help

Study skills
Making effective notes

Real English
People in the newspapers today

Grammar
Defining relative clauses

Vocabulary
Adjectives of character

Writing
An email describing a new invention.

Presentations
A future without cars.

Vocabulary
Diplomatic language

Professional skills
Giving and receiving feedback

Discussion
Beyond right and wrong?

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

13:30 – 15:00
(Lessons 3 & 4)

Week 1

Discussion
The practise of Law

Vocabulary
Types of courts: examining the differences between civil, common and criminal law, and how these relate to different types of courts

Reading
Bodies of law and types of law

Speaking
Explaining what a law says: use of directives, ordinances, statutes and bills in the operations of the law

Listening
Documents in court

Vocabulary Legal Latin: examining functions of notices, motions, affidavits, injunctions and other common court documents

Writing
The use of legal Latin

Reading and discussionA lawyers curriculum vitae: developing legal writing skills while examining the use of specific vocabulary

Free time

13:30 – 15:00
(Lessons 3 & 4)

Week 2

Discussion
Law firm structure

Vocabulary
Persons in court: discussing the internal structure of a typical law firm, focusing on the role played by partners and associates

Writing and speaking
Civil court systems

Reading
Criminal courts: developing legal writing skills while focusing on the nature of various civil court systems. Preparing for a visit to the Central Criminal Court

Educational visit
The Old Bailey (the Central Criminal Court)

Students will learn about the workings of the court and watch sections of a number of real trials

Reading and discussion
Documents in court: following their visit, students examine various documents used in court

Free time

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The Kings Admissions Team