ILEC or the International Legal English Certificate is a high-level English language qualification for lawyers. ILEC is an examination set at levels B2 and C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The ILEC assesses language skills in a legal context. Examinations at the C1 level may be used as proof of the level of language necessary to work in an international legal context or to follow a course of legal study at University level. The aims of ILEC:
• to assess candidates ability to operate in English in an international legal environment
• to allow candidates to demonstrate to employers their ability to communicate in English with clients and colleagues
• to allow candidates to demonstrate to educational and training institutions their ability to follow a course of legal study where a significant portion of the instruction is in English
• to have a positive and beneficial impact on the content and delivery of English language training courses for legal purposes
• to provide an examination to do this which is fair to all candidates and which is delivered to international standards
• to provide an examination which reports candidates results in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The ILEC comprises the Test of Reading, the Test of Writing, the Test of Listening and the Test of Speaking. Each test is based on realistic texts, tasks and topics similar to those practitioners would expect to encounter in their daily working lives. The examination texts and topics are set in the context of international commercial law. The ILEC covers many areas including:
- Business associations
- Sale of goods
- Real property
- Intellectual property
- Negotiable instruments
- Secured transactions
- Aspects of international law
The examination will also cover relevant aspects of a legal practice.