TOLES means ‘Test of Legal English Skills’. The TOLES programme consists of a structured course of legal English training materials supported by three levels of professional exams. The exam levels are progressive steps towards reaching the standard of legal English required by employers such as international commercial law firms, in-house legal teams in private companies and top-class translators.

TOLES legal English training materials and exams have been developed following the advice of experienced commercial lawyers. The top requirements of employers are excellent drafting skills, first-class negotiating skills and a strong sense of commercial awareness. As members of the International Division of the Law Society of England and Wales we are in an excellent position to support international legal professionals in achieving these goals.


Level 1 legal English exam. Suitable for beginner level. Focus on basic grammar and vocabulary. Encourages commercial awareness.


Level 2 legal English exam. Suitable for intermediate level. Focus on intermediate grammarand vocabulary. A realistic introduction to work.


Level 3 legal English exam. Suitable for advanced level. Focus on near-native level grammarand vocabulary The gold standard exam forcommercial lawyers.

Why TOLES - Test of Legal English?

  • Cost
    One of my ‘students’ told me he had lost over €80.000 because of a language mistake in a contract that had been used in Court.…
  • Speed
    Lawyers, IP specialists and law students are perfectly capable of working in English, but it all takes too long. Every time they are working on…
  • Career move
    Practically all of the lawyers, IP specialists or law students who took the TOLES with me told me that they strived for an international career…
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