Courses

New for May 2022:
The trial version of English for Legal Assistants is now available!
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Courses

How do Fluently Legal courses work?

What makes Fluently Legal courses different?

Fluently Legal courses are not general or business English courses, or even traditional legal English courses. They differ from traditional legal English courses in two ways.

Firstly, they are specifically designed for legal professionals in Germany. This is reflected in their emphasis on the English vocabulary and language skills you need for local legal matters with international clients and colleagues.

Secondly, they are delivered entirely by online learning, giving you the flexibility to learn wherever and whenever it suits you. There are no scheduled lesson plans or deadlines.

How are courses taught?

We know that as a legal professional you are a busy person who has little time for language courses at scheduled times, so we have designed Fluently Legal courses to fit around you.

Courses are entirely online-based, so you can access them whenever you have time. All you need is an internet connection. There are no set class times or fixed schedules, so learning is as flexible as you need it to be. Courses contain no live teaching – all teaching is pre-recorded, so there are no fixed class times you have to attend. You simply study whenever it suits you – for an hour after work in the evening, or on the weekend when you have more time, or even on the bus.

You can study as much or as little at a time as you have time for. You can log into your account whenever you like and work through the course material at your own pace, as fast or as slowly as you like in the online learning environment. You can stop and save your work at any time and your progress will be saved. You can then go back later and continue from where you left off.

Who are the courses suitable for?

Our legal English courses are designed primarily for legal professionals in Germany who need English for their current or future work, including lawyers and notaries, civil servants (Beamte), trainee lawyers (Referendare), law students and legal assistants — anyone who works with the German legal system and also has to work with English.

What is included in each course?

Each course is made up of 12 self-contained lessons. A lesson is an individual unit with its own subject.

Each lesson contains:
  • a short introductory video
  • an article developing the topic of the lesson, including language issues and points of usage
  • a vocabulary list on the topic of the lesson
  • exercises
  • a concluding test

Each lesson discusses one topic within the general subject of the course. Lessons aim to present their topic in a clear and succinct way, with an emphasis on the English that can be used to describe it.

They mostly start with a short introductory video of the topic and its main features. We then look into these features in more depth in the text that follows. This explores the differences between the German and English-speaking legal systems related to the topic, especially those that may cause difficulty and misunderstandings for the other party, and examines potential solutions. We look at vocabulary and the terms for particular concepts topic and why they may or may not be appropriate.

The second half of each lesson is made up of various kinds of exercises. These are designed to consolidate your learning and also act as a preparation for the end-of-lesson test. They include vocabulary exercises, comprehension listening and reading activities, as well as writing exercises.

Each lesson ends with a test. You must achieve a passing score in the test in order to complete the lesson.
Courses and materials are in English, but all relevant terminology is given in German. The glossary accompanying each lesson allows easy identification of vocabulary.

All courses are self-contained and can be taken independently of each other.

What courses are available?

The course English for legal assistants (B1-B2) is currently available in the trial version. The paid version is due for release in the summer of 2022.

A course on company law (c1-c2) is planned for the winter of 2022. Further courses will follow.

What is the difficulty level of the courses?

Courses have been designed according to one of two levels which approximately correspond to levels of the Common European Framework (CEF). Intermediate courses approximate to levels B1-B2, while advanced courses approximate to C1-c2. The level of each course (intermediate or advanced) is indicated next to the course title on the respective course page.

Advanced courses are for those who are already competent users of English. This roughly corresponds to a good mark at Abitur or the ability to understand English native speakers fairly well. They are designed for learners who already possess general competence in English and who desire to develop specialist competence in the language of the law. Due to their specialised nature, they may also be useful for those with higher proficiency in English (C2 or near-native level) who wish to expand their knowledge of legal terminology.

B1-B2 (intermediate) courses are designed for those with intermediate proficiency in English and are more general in nature. They are not prerequisites for C1 courses. They are not related to the C1 courses in that they cover different material and do not serve as a preparation for them.

All descriptions are approximate and should not be understood as denoting formal equivalence according to the Common European Frame of Reference.

How can I find out which proficiency level I am?

If you are not sure what proficiency level you are, you should find out before starting a course. You can do this by trying the graded sample material available on this website and by doing a placement test, such as those at: https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/test-your-english/.

How much do courses cost?

Prices will be announced in the spring of 2022.

How are courses tested?

Courses are tested by means of the tests in the online learning environment at the end of each lesson. When you take an end-of-lesson test, the score will be automatically generated based on the answers you entered. The total average of the scores in the end-of-lesson tests will be your final score for the course.

If you fail an end-of-lesson test, you can repeat it as many times as you like until you pass. You will not be able to complete the course until you have passed all the end-of-lesson tests.

Since lessons within a course often build on each other, we recommend completing lessons and tests in the given order.

Do I receive a certificate on completion?

Yes. Upon completing a course, you will be issued with a certificate which states the level of the course completed, the hours of study and your score.

Is there a free trial?

Yes. The first section of the course English for legal assistants is available free.
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