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Online course – English for Contract law

English for Contracts is an online interactive course dedicated to the area of legal English and contract law.

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English for Contracts is written for the benefit of:

  • law and business professionals with an intermediate to advanced level in English seeking to improve their level in legal English;

  • law students at Masters (M2) or Bar exam level;

  • translators and translation students specialized in legal English;

  • business students; and

  • students intending to study abroad in an Anglophone country.

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The aim of the course is to allow students to improve their level of legal English and thus to perform better at work. With this aim in mind, the course seeks to allow students to develop an understanding of common law contract law.

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Upon purchasing a course the student will receive: FOR A LIMITED PERIOD OF TIME access to the course materials. However, for only €5,99 more, a student can buy an e book containing these materials as part of a bundled product.

Ten discussion chapters. Each chapter is structured in the following way:

  • Discussion text In each chapter there is a discussion text outlining the specific theme under discussion.

  • This text discusses a particular area of contract law. The purpose of this text is both to develop students’ understanding of contract law and more importantly their legal English vocabulary. Technical and difficult vocabulary is highlighted and translated so as to allow students better understanding.

  • Both texts are followed by exercises allowing the student to test their knowledge.

  • Specialist text This text deals with a specific topic linked to the main discussion in section discussed above. This section allows readers to further develop both their understanding of the contract law and above all their mastery of legal English.

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Available interactive tools
The following interactive tools are available online and accompany each course segment:
  • Online technical vocabulary An oral technical vocabulary list exists for each chapter, so that the student can practice pronouncing each of the technical words set out in the technical vocabulary;
  •  Online presentations The student will have access to one or two online presentations (depending on the course choice) to help with his/her understanding of the text.
    • A presentation discussing the main text in each chapter;
    • A presentation developing the main theme discussed in each chapter.
Each presentation is developed with the purpose of allowing the student to further develop his/her technical vocabulary and legal knowledge.
  • Grammar corner On subscribing to an online course, the student is allowed access to the entire grammar area of the site. In grammar corner, the main English grammar themes are revisited, for example:
    • how different tenses are formed;
    • a look at modal auxiliaries; 
    • using  but + auxiliary verbs;
    • how to use mid-sentence adverbs etc.
This is to allow students to brush up on grammar, probably not looked at since school. Each grammar section is presented in a clear accessible style allowing the reader maximum benefit. There are grammar tests also available to allow students to test their knowledge.
  • Online audition and speech practice For each chapter there is a listening section, where the student can listen to a conversation and then is given an opportunity to develop his/her own responses. There are also exercises to check on the listener’s understanding of the conversation.
  • Translation section The students newly acquired vocabulary is then tested in six short translation texts (English to French and French to English). As in the case of the main text, the purpose is not just to improve and develop vocabulary but also to improve the translator’s knowledge of the area of law in question and to demonstrate how legal technical vocabulary is used.
  • Test The student will have the opportunity to complete interactive online exercises to test his/her knowledge of the technical vocabulary contained in each course segment.


Having completed the interactive course, students will not only have acquired a significant technical vocabulary in the areas that have been studied but will also have developed an understanding of common law contract law. As a result, they will be able to use the acquired vocabulary in work and study situations, improving their overall professional/academic performance.


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