Gain Confidence and Competence,
by Improving Your Legal English Skills!

Learn to use proper Legal English terms with your clients and colleagues.

We help lawyers and law students understand difficult Legal English terms and collocations without an expensive and time-consuming in-person course.


You can complete this online course in your own home or office (or wherever you are) and at your own pace.

Learn to use Legal English terms with your international clients and colleagues, even if you do not have prior experience.

Do you have difficulty discussing
legal issues
in English?
Do you struggle to find the proper legal terms?

Many legal professionals find themselves with a need to communicate legal concepts in English, but find it difficult to do this. Without knowing the proper words and vocabulary that lawyers use, it is challenging to discuss legal issues.

In the 21st Century, many people need to know not just their own language, but an international language, such as English, so that they can both communicate and negotiate with people not from their country. 

For many lawyers, this is very important. They need to know English to communicate with:

  • Clients
  • Foreign companies
  • International organizations
  • Opposing counsel 
  • International tribunals

Or perhaps you need it to research scholarly works and other original source materials - which are frequently more abundant in English.

Regardless of your personal reasons for needing Legal English, many law firms require their attorneys (especially new attorneys) to know English. Indeed, if your understanding of Legal English is limited, then your career prospects may be limited as well. 

Legal English is almost its own language. With many words or terms having an 'everyday English' meaning and a different 'Legal English' meaning.

To competently discuss important legal matters, it is paramount to understand the vocabulary that lawyers use.

It is also important to understand collocations - common phrases that are frequently used. 

It can be frustrating to not understand what the terms or phrases being used mean. Or even worse: to misunderstand.

This course is designed to help you improve your Legal English skills.

The course will teach many Legal English terms that lawyers need to understand. We will also discuss common collocations - so that you will be familiar with how lawyers frequently use these words. Examples of sentences using these terms and collocations are throughout the course - so that you not only learn the meaning of the terms, you can see it being used in different contexts.

Elemental Legal English

This online course will teach you the fundamental Legal English lexicon: the terms of art that lawyers frequently use when discussing legal matters. You will learn to understand Legal English terms and expressions that will enhance your communication abilities.

Here’s What You’ll Get When You Sign Up

The course is composed of 12 modules. Each module is designed for 1 week of study - a semester length course. Of course, since it is online, you are free to go through them at your own pace.  
The online content is over 50 hours of material.

Each module includes:

Flashcard Review

One of the difficult aspects of improving your Legal English skills is learning the vocabulary - the lawyer's lexicon. Each module includes a review of these words by using flashcards. This is a great way to practice. By quickly discarding the words you know well, you will be able to identify and then concentrate on the words you find challenging. You can review these flash cards unlimited times.

Video Lessons & Quizzes

Each module has several short video lessons that discuss new material. After the lessons, there are interactive quizzes to test your knowledge. This is a great way to identify your weak points and learn where you need to review. If a lesson, or one part of a lesson, is challenging for you, simply go back and review it and then re-take the quiz. You can take the quizzes as many times as you like.

Case Law for Reading Comprehension

Each module includes a case. These cases are what Common Law lawyers use to understand the law and make legal arguments. You will:

  1. Read an abridged version of an actual case that American law students would study (also downloadable as a pdf);
  2. Listen to a brief discussion of that case;
  3. Test your comprehension of both by taking quizzes.
Assessment after each Module

After each module there is an assessment that tests your knowledge and comprehension of the concepts discussed. Of course few people love to take tests, but this is an effective method to test your success in this module. This will help you identify the lessons that are weak points and that should be reviewed once more before moving on to the next module. By taking the time to review the results, you will greatly improve your Legal English Skills.

Here’s what people are saying about the course

Recently we have revamped this course and added several new features. However, it may be worthwhile to read what some of our prior students have said about our courses.

You can improve your communication skills

This Legal English Course helped me to improve my legal vocabulary, writing, and speaking as well. This course is fully oriented to law students. In the workplace, dealing with papers and documents, I realized the importance of legal English, and I am grateful I studied this course at the university.

My favorite part of this course was case briefs, exercises, and oral briefings. Even the preparation for the exam was very interesting because of the syllabus. Also, we had a round table and discussed many important issues in the legal context.

I would recommend this course to others for three main reasons. First, it helps you to develop professionally. Second, you can improve your communication skills. And, third, learn many significant words necessary for the legal environment.

I would recommend this instructor to others for several reasons. He is a native speaker and has highly organized teaching methods. Also, if you are lost or confused that something is unclear, he is always ready to help you. Last but not least, you will find a friendly environment in his class. I think Legal English is important for every lawyer. It helps you to become more confident and leads to a better, successful future.

Mariam Skhulukhia , Lawyer

You study how to communicate with lawyers and explain your point of view

This course was my first step in Legal English. After the graduation of the course I did not need any extra classes to pass the exam of legal English skills (Toles exam). I was satisfied with my results, as before I had not had the opportunity to use English in practice, but after the course I was able to discuss legal issues without any problem.

I liked the discussions during the classes, sometimes there was need to use improvisation and try to explain some legal terms for non-lawyers. At that moment I did not realize the importance of that skill, but today I frequently use it. The studying was very interesting and easy as the course is more about skills rather about the sole translation of the words. You study how to communicate with lawyers and explain your point of view regarding legal issues in a right manner.

The instructor is a native speaker and has great experience. Besides the knowledge of the issue, Mr. Barrett knows how to make the teaching process easier, non-stressful and interesting. Legal English became part of my everyday life. Besides writing of legal documents, I successfully use it for research purposes. Unfortunately, some translations in my native language are difficult to understand and I understand the English (original) texts better than Georgian ones.

Maria Shirinyani , Lawyer

This course helped me

This course helped me with gaining skills in general English language and especially in legal English. I am using gained knowledge everyday, especially, during negotiation processes and while drafting the contracts!

My favorite parts of the course were: great professor, interesting and helpful materials and constructive feedback. I would recommend this course as it gives specific knowledge in foreign language which provides the opportunity to become more successful and demanding professional The instructor is highly skilled professional, who has a high level of knowledge, can manage course successfully and has great relationship with students.

Learning legal terms is important for career, especially during globalization processes, where legal English is mostly used, as international contracts are drafted in the English language. Today it is not enough just to know general English as in business world communication process became more professional and specialized.

Mariami , Lawyer

What’s in the course

Elemental Legal English has 12 modules. 

Each modules has:

  • 6-8 video lessons
  • 5-7 quizzes that follow up after the video lessons
  • Case law: A court decision that is used for reading comprehension
  • Listening exercises
  • Flashcards Review of all the new lexicon words
  • End of the module assessment to test your knowledge of the material learned


Module 1: The Legal Profession

Module 1 introduces students to the course and we will examine the Common Law and the Legal Profession.


Module 2: Banking

Module 2 looks at banking and loan terms that are frequently used in business law.


Module 3: Contract Law

Module 3 introduces important concepts of contract under Common Law


Module 4: Employment Law

Module 4 considers Employment law, employment contracts, and employment terms.


Module 5: Tort Law

Module 5 examines tort law, related concepts, and terms.


Module 6: Drafting Contracts

Module 6 looks at drafting contracts, common sections of contracts, and related terms.


Module 7: Business Organizations

Module 7 considers business organizations, both under common law and modern statutory schemes, and related terms.


Module 8: Criminal Law

Module 8 examines the field of criminal law and criminal procedure, how this works in the US, and related terms.


Module 9: Company Law

Module 9 looks at how companies are organized, the people involved, and the legal considerations of corporate governance and management.


Module 10: Termination of contracts & Intellectual Property Law

Module 10 examines the termination of contracts and related issues (such as warranties, force majeure, material breach) and also looks at Intellectual Property Law.


Module 11: Appearing in Court

Module 11 looks at court practice, appearing in court, and related terms.


Module 12: EU Law

Module 12 examines EU law, the legal organizations of the EU and common EU law terms


3 Additional Bonuses to the Course

This course is a great way to improve your Legal English skills. These bonuses add additional value to the course and will help improve not only your Legal English, but general English skills.

Bonus 1
Lexicon Workbook

Each module includes a 1-2 page Lexicon as a downloadable PDF file.

This Lexicon lists the important words (and their definitions) from the module. This is a great resource to review and study from.

Bonus 2
Grammar Blocks

A general English grammar block is also included in each module.

This lesson will help improve your general English skills and explain some concepts that many students have had difficulties with. Each section includes an interactive assessment to test your skills!

Bonus 3
Idiom Blocks

Also included are several lessons on general English Idioms. 

Idioms are expressions that can be difficult to understand, even if you know all of the words in the phrase. These idioms are discussed, and several examples are given. 

About The Instructor,
Timothy Barrett

Timothy Barrett is the primary instructor and designer of the e-courses at 4 Legal English. Originally from the United States, he has been a law professor in Georgia for the past several years.

Professor Barrett has taught Legal English to over 1,000 students over the past several years. He has developed a Legal English curriculum of four courses for bachelor of law students at the largest private law school in Georgia. He has taught Legal English to practicing attorneys and judges, as well as TOLES preparation courses.

Prof. Barrett’s current research focuses on fields affecting the future, such as artificial intelligence, smart cities, data & privacy. He has taught courses in World Trade Organization Law, Business Law & Ethics, Human Rights, and US Legal System. He is also involved in international moot court competitions, both as a judge and a coach.

Before moving to Georgia, he was a practicing attorney in the United States, with significant courtroom and jury trial experience. He has a background in civil law, working in private practice, as well as in criminal law, as a prosecutor and as a decorated police officer with the New York Police Department.

Here’s what prior students are saying about the course instructor

Makes the teaching process easier

The instructor is a native speaker and has great experience. Besides the knowledge of the issues, Mr. Barrett knows how to make the teaching process easier, non-stressful and interesting. Legal English has become part of my everyday life.

Maria Shirinyani Lawyer

He helps students to understand

Instructor is very friendly, he helps students to understand better each issue, speaks slowly and concentrates to the substantive parts of the class. His experience comes from the various parts of legal environment, so he can share his working and academic experience to students.

Tamar Simonishvili Lawer

Highly recommended

Highly recommended!

Eva Utavsauri

Why This Course Is So Valuable

Elemental Legal English is based on a semester length course taught at a university and also to practicing attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals. It includes over 50 hours of online content.

If you were to take a similar course at a university, it would be much more expensive. And it would be time restricted. One of the great advantages to E-Courses is that you can work on them on your schedule, not the instructors. Perhaps you have extra free time and want to get the course done quickly? Or perhaps you start taking the course, but then something comes up and you cannot work on it for a few weeks? Either way it is not a problem: the course is there when you are ready for it.

If you were to hire a private instructor to learn this material, it could be prohibitively expensively. Private tutors who teach advanced topics such as Legal English usually charge at least €20,  often €30 or more, some charge even €50 (or more!) per hour. This would mean €1,000, €1500, or even €2,500 or more for a similar training course!

Additionally, this is a course that has been the result of teaching over 1,000 students! Over the past several years, Timothy Barrett has taught Legal English in many venues with many different students; each time, improving and honing the course. The Elemental Legal English course that is offered to you is the result of this process. You get to benefit from the material developed for and included in this e-course.

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100% Satisfaction Guarantee for 30-Days

If you are not 100% satisfied with the course, 
we will refund your purchase price.

If for some reason you are not satisfied with the course, please let us know and we will work diligently to resolve any problems that we can fix. If you are still not satisfied, of course we will return your full purchase price.

Please contact about any complaints before you complete half of the course and before 30 days after your purchase. 

Don’t wait! Look at what past students have to say about this course

Prior students have taken this course and used it to improve their Legal English skills. Here is your opportunity to move forward with your professional skills.

Nino Kharazishvili

Law Student

Great Opportunity

"I recommend this course as a great opportunity to learn legal English!"

Tamar jincharadze

LLM Student

Great Course

"Great course!!! Very informative and interesting! Easy to follow and understand."

Tea Khuroshvili

Law Student

Positive Feedback

"I like this course."

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Legal English?

If you are in the legal field and need or desire to communicate in English, then our programs for you. These courses will help you improve your Legal English Skills. The legal field, like any field, has many terms of are and collocations used by those in the field. It is important to understand these and use them correctly in order to be seen as a professional. Read more Here.

Will I earn a Certificate?

Yes! An Official Certificate will be issued when a student completes the course successfully. This is downloadable (and printable) as a PDF file.

Who teaches this course?

Prof. Timothy Barrett teaches the offered courses. He has taught Legal English to over 1,000 students, including judges, practicing attorneys, master’s students, and bachelor students. Read more about him Here.

How can I buy this course?

When you click the 'enroll now' button below the price table, you will register an account and start the payment process. You can pay through PayPal (with your PayPal account or with a valid credit/debit card) or with Bitcoin through BitPay. The process is designed to be quick and easy for you. (If you run into any problems, please let us know!)

Would Law Firms be interested in this training?

Yes! When your attorneys improve their Legal English skills, your whole law firm can benefit. Today, law firms look for new attorneys that speak more than one language – usually the local language and English. If your law firm is seeking to improve the Legal English skills of your attorneys, our courses can help. Please Contact us if you want training for five or more in order to obtain a discount for your firm.

How does an online course work? 

Once you purchase the course, you will have access to the course and course materials. You can login and start the course! There are video lessons, reading texts, interactive quizzes, listening exercises, flashcards to review vocabulary and concepts, and assessment tests at the end of each module.

How long will it take to complete this course?

The course has 12 modules and is designed to spend one week on each module. This is based on a university semester length course. Of course, you are able to complete it at a faster or slower pace! If some parts are more challenging, you may want to spend more time reviewing the lessons and practicing with the flashcards and quizzes; if other sections are easier for you, then you may want to go through them at a faster pace.

The online content is over 50 hours. This does not include time you spend reviewing the material.

Will this course help prepare to pass the Test of Legal English Skills (“TOLES”)? 

Yes. Elemental Legal English is designed to help students prepare for the TOLES Foundation exam.


Improve Your Legal English Skills


  • Lifetime Access*
  • Downloadable Lexicon Workbook
  • Access to All Modules
  • Official Certificate upon successful completion

In addition to the regular course, Gold students will have private tutoring sessions and Webinars.


  • Lifetime Access*
  • Downloadable Lexicon Workbook
  • Access to All Modules
  • Official Certificate upon successful completion
  • 4 Live Webinars (with Limited number of students)
  • 2 private coaching video-calls of 60 minutes each

*Lifetime Access: You will have access to the course online through our website and can complete the course as often as you desire. If for any reason the website were to close down, we would make the course materials downloadable and available to all purchasers for three months after the termination of the site.

Take the next step and improve your Legal English skills

I have worked hard on this course to present some amazing material that will help you improve your Legal English skills. This course is based on a university course that I have taught since 2014; each semester, I would improve the course by adding better material and removing weaker material. The online course takes advantage of technology so that you can work at your own pace, spend time on material that is more difficult for you and go quickly through material that you find less challenging. No matter what you current level is, you will find something valuable in this course.

Timothy Barrett

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