Title of Training Course

Test of Legal English Skills [TOLES] - Foundation

Encourages commercial awareness in the English language 


Summary of TOLES Exam

  • The Foundation exam is the FIRST step in successful professional development with TOLES. The Foundation Exam is the recommended starting point in legal English training. 


  • 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.


Accrediting Body: 


  • TOLES 


Length of Study: 

  • 10 weeks training + 90 minute exam 


Dates & Hours:

  • 1 x 90 minute online session per week with trainer (via Zoom) for 10 weeks 

  • Dates and times of lessons can be arranged around your schedule. 

  • Training takes place in private or via small groups depending on numbers. 



 Course Content: 


  • Legal reading and writing. 

  • The focus of the exam is on testing the absolute linguistic accuracy required of lawyers in a modern international office. 

  • This means accuracy in two main areas: technical legal vocabulary and grammar. Vocabulary from commercial deals, company documents, commercial contracts, intellectual property agreements, financial documents and forms of business are tested, as well as legal terminology from other areas.

Language of Instruction: 


  • English




  • Written unseen exam 


  • Time allowed: 90 minutes 

  • Skills tested: Legal reading and writing 

  • Focus: Practical legal vocabulary in authentic situations; consolidation of basic grammar. 

  • Appropriate level of general English: Elementary-Advanced. 


Exam Dates 2020: 


  • 20th August  (training course start date 25/06/2020)

  • 19th November (training course start date 24/09/2020)



Course Fee:

  • 500 euros + VAT (including trainer fee, registration fee and exam fee)


Admission Requirements:


  • The level of English needed for this exam is elementary level. The priority at this stage is to make sure that a genuinely strong foundation of legal English is in place in order to allow learners to progress successfully to the next level. 



Ongoing  Progression:


  • TOLES Higher 

  • TOLES Advanced


Application Procedure: 


  • Email us at to inquire about this training course. 


Start dates and Application Deadline: 


  • For 20/08/2020 exam 

    • Course starts: 25/06/2020 

    • Application deadline: 20/06/2020


  • For 19/11/2020 exam 

    •  Course starts: 24/09/2020 

    • Application deadline 19/09/2020




  • The trainer is Ms. Pamela A. Evangelou. Pamela is a native speaker of English and holds both a BA(hons) in English and an LLB in Law. She is a seasoned lawyer making her the perfect trainer for an English language qualification with a legal focus. 

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