A Guide To The ILEC Exam (International Legal English Certificate)

Have you decided that you want to have a career in law? The legal field is one that has long been popular with students all over the world. Depending on what area of law you wish to specialise in, there are going to be a number of different types of qualifications you are expected to attain. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at the ILEC exam in further detail. So, let’s take a look…

The International Legal English Certificate is an examination of the English language for individuals who want to be involved in some form of law, no matter whether you want to work in family law or you wish to hand out drug trafficking fines. It is in fact considered an essential requirement in regards to many companies and many areas of law itself. That is why we decided to put together this informative blog post about it.

After all, individuals must have some form of accreditation to display that they are competent in the English language and can use it effectively in their practice. This blog post aims to give you as much information as possible about the ILEC examination so that you know what you are faced with.

How is the exam split up? What are the different modules?

The first thing that you should be aware of is that the exam is split into four different parts. The four sections are as follows; reading, writing, listening and speaking. Each section is worth an equal amount and so accounts for 25% of the examination.  Nevertheless, each section is a different length in regards to time and obviously includes a different procedure.

The reading and writing part of the examination are both one hour and fifteen minutes long each. The reading part consists of 54 questions which are split into six different parts. The aim of this section is to decipher whether the individual will be able to correctly read different law-related texts. These are obviously texts that they would be expected to come across in their everyday practice. On the other hand, the writing section has the aim of ensuring that individuals would be able to effectively compose documents in their work. It is split into two parts; one requires the person to write a letter and the other requires them to write a memorandum

The listening and the speaking sections of the ILEC exam are shorter in regards to the time period. The listening party of the examination is 45 minutes long, whereas the speaking section is a mere 15 minutes. The speaking section requires the individual to listen to law material (such as interviews) in order to determine whether they understand what is being relayed to them. And finally, the speaking part is utilised in order to decipher whether the person can communicate with their potential clients in a correct and effective manner.

Have you passed?

Now that the examination itself has actually been dealt with, it is important to consider how the exam results work. First and foremost, you will receive one overall grade – you will not get four different grades for the four different sections. There are five grades available. Three of these grades are pass marks and the other two are a fail. The failing grades are split up easily; a narrow fail or a fail. The passing grades are as follows; C1 pass with merit, C1 pass, and B2 pass.

This examination is one which has a global recognition and so it is highly beneficial for those who decide to take it. Hopefully, this blog post will have helped to give a greater understanding of what can actually be expected from it. If you are going to take this exam, it is definitely worth doing further research online so you can have a better understanding regarding each of the modules. You may even find that there are past papers available so that you can do some practicing. No matter your current level of experience or what field of law you are interested in moving into, there is no denying that the ILEC exam can help.