UNSW Institute of Languages


English for Law

English for Law is an interactive 5 or 10 week course designed to give you experience and the written and spoken English skills necessary to communicate effectively with clients and professionals in a legal environment.

This is an ideal program if you are nearing completion of your degree, or if you are working in the legal field and seeking to expand your English proficiency.

CRICOS Code Type Duration Maximum Class Size Levels
063996G Full-time 5 to 10 weeks
(in 5 week modules)
18 students 1 Level

Key Benefits

  • Focus on English vocabulary and skill development ¬†for commercial legal practice
  • An overview of common law legal systems and processes, and specifically those of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States
  • Excursions and site visits to courts, Parliament, university law-related lectures, and law schools
  • Classes of no more than 18 students that allow for close levels of interaction between you and your teachers.
  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers who understand the needs of students and provide the support and advice that you need.
  • Up to date classroom technology is used to engage and motivate you in your learning.

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Entry is based on an interview and placement test on arrival or on IELTS (or equivalent) test results.

Entry Guidelines

IELTS Overall 5.5 with 5.5 in writing (or equivalent) or based on the results of an interview and placement test.

A background in Law is required for this course.

Skill development in:

  • effective presentations
  • negotiation skills
  • listening to presentations and discussions on legal topics
  • writing legal correspondence and reports
  • role-plays and case studies
  • reading legal texts

Course topics include:

  • Common Law Legal Systems and Practice
  • Company formation, management and capitalisation
  • Contract formation, remedies and assignment
  • Intellectual Property law
  • Competition Law

The course is offered in two 5 week modules. You may study either module, or both modules.

The 2018 tuition fee for each 5 week module is AUD$2,275


2019 Dates

1 7 January - 8 February
2 11 February - 15 March
5 27 May - 28 June
6 1 July - 2 August

*English for Law is also offered on demand at other intakes throughout the year. For more information about course availablity, please contact Student Services.

Classes may be scheduled in the morning or the afternoon at our Kensington or Randwick Campus

Morning class times: 9.00 - 11.00am and 11.30am - 1.30pm
Afternoon class times: 1.30 - 3.30pm and 4.00 - 6.00pm

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  • Key terms: Opposing concepts in company law
  • Text analysis: beginning a presentation
Reading 1
  • Summarising the main ideas: Introduction to changes in companies
  • Notetaking skills: Explaining legal aspects of an acquisition
Reading 2
  • The minutes of a meeting,
    Shareholder rights
Test preparation
  • ILEC Writing Skills & strategies
Language use 1
  • Explaining a procedure
    Speaking: Presenting a spin-off
Language use 2
  • English collocations in the legal context
  • Opening and closing legal ¬†letters and emails
  • English Speech practice: chunking ideas
  • Excursion
    Supreme Court session
  • Individual consultations on Writing tasks and other learning issues
  • Writing task assessment- letters

Final course marks are based on:

  • Ongoing assessment in class based on clearly focused tasks, eg. writing legal letters and memos
  • Participation in class activities such as pair work, group work and special projects
  • Homework tasks and special assignments
  • Seminar presentations and simulated interviews
  • Term tests based on material covered during the period of study.

At the successful completion of the course, you will receive a UNSW Institute of Languages certificate at a graduation ceremony.

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