TOLES (Test of Legal English Skills) is an internationally recognized certificate to demonstrate your level and ability in Legal English. It was created in the year 2000 by a private organization, member of the International Division of the Law Society of England and Wales and to this day, it is an English certification that is highly recognized and valued by law firms globally. We are an official test preparation and examination center for TOLES.

Who is it for?

The TOLES exam was specifically developed for professionals in the legal field who work as lawyers or in the legal departments of multinational companies. It is an exam for those who do not have English as their mother tongue but want to show that they have the appropriate language level to work with legal documentation and contracts in English. It was developed after years of consultation and research carried out by top international law firms to provide hands on and practical knowledge needed to work in global legal environments.

The three main groups that it benefits are:

  • Lawyers
  • Law students
  • Legal Translators

TOLES is the currently the only Legal English examination in the world!!

Advantages of TOLES

TOLES is primarily targeted and extremely beneficial to the following three categories:

For Lawyers

  • Helps increase your Legal English vocabulary and expressions to be able to communicate effectively with global clients.
  • Improves professional opportunitites and enables you to stand out in the competition.
  • A useful title for those who seek to join multinational companies, with subsidiaries around the world.

For Law students

  • Provides an ideal opportunity to improve your CV and have the skills that future employers are looking for.
  • Improves professional opportunitites and enables you to stand out in the competition.
  • Helps increase your Legal English vocabulary and Legal knowledge in order to apply the language in practice.

For Legal Translators

  • Provides essential legal terminology to improve in the area of ​​specific language comprehension for professional translations.
  • Enables you to understand expressions of a jurist, quickly and concretely.
  • Improves professional opportunitites and enables you to stand out in the competition.

What does TOLES consist of?

TOLES consists of 3 levels - Foundation, Higher and Advanced. The levels reflect the candidate's level of Legal English more than their general English level.

Exam Foundation Higher Advanced
Duration 90 minutes 135 minutes 120 minutes
Test type Reading/Writing
(1 paper)
Reading/writing & Listening
(2 papers)
(1 paper)
English Level A1 to B2 B2 to C1 C1 and above
Exam fees 180€ 190€ 200€
Syllabus Foundation Higher Advanced
Sample paper Foundation Higher Advanced

Exam dates for 2019

TOLES dates for all levels for 2019 are 24 January, 21 March, 27 June, 22 August and 21 November.

Recognition of TOLES

Companies that recognize and value the TOLES include The Law Society of England and Wales, Linklaters Oppenhoff and Radler, Allen&Overy LLP, Baker and McKenzie, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Sony Ericsson, Daimler Chrysler, European Court of Justice, European Central Bank, Deutsche Bundesbank, Qatar Steel Company, Qatar Petrochemical Corporation, DuPont, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Siemens.

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