TOLES: Foundation

About the Course

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.


The Foundation Exam has been described by employers as ‘an excellent bridge for international law students between the world of university and the world of work’. As well as testing legal English, the Foundation Exam develops 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. For this reason, even learners with advanced general English can benefit from the Foundation Exam.

• basic legal negotiations
• pre-contractual documents
• commercial contracts
• banking
• companies
• other forms of business
• bankruptcy and insolvency
•employment law and contracts
• the litigation process
• essential contract law
• the law of tort • intellectual property
• real estate
• oral contracts
• an introduction to the common law

Dates of 2021 exams

24 June
19 August
25 November


3000 L.E

Certified by

(Global Legal English - TOLES UK) & (MPL Legal Academy)


30 hours