Test of Legal English Skills (TOLES)

We are proud to be registered as a TOLES centre.

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.

There are three exams available. For professionals, we strongly recommend taking Advanced Level 3.

Foundation – Level 1:
Suitable for beginner level. Focus on basic grammar and vocabulary. Encourages commercial awareness.

Higher – Level 2:
Suitable for intermediate level. Focus on intermediate grammar and vocabulary. A realistic introduction to work.

Advanced – Level 3:
Suitable for advanced level. Focus on near-native level grammar and vocabulary. The gold standard exam for commercial lawyers.


Exam dates 2020:

March 19, June 25, August 20 and November 19


Our experienced tutors include Simon Taylor-Gill MA (Oxon), GDL, BPTC and Mark Fletton LLM (Cantab.) BVQ.

Read Mark’s blog, to learn more about the benefits of taking this exam.