For any lawyer working with international matters, English is an essential tool. It is the common language of the legal profession, of business and of international affairs.

Employers need to know that the legal staff they appoint have an appropriate level of English to be able to communicate with clients and professionals in other countries, and to be able to deal effectively with material written in English.

Those who have recently qualified as lawyers, or who are still studying, need to be able to show employers that they have these skills.

The International Legal English Certificate (Cambridge ILEC) assesses English language ability at Levels B2 and C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability.

What does ILEC involve?

The exam consists of four separate papers testing reading, writing, listening and speaking, which together last just under 3.5 hours (not including breaks). The Speaking test is conducted face-to-face by Cambridge English Oral Examiners.

Cambridge ILEC is based on realistic tasks and topics that legal practitioners might expect to encounter in their daily working lives.


ILEC is recognised around the world by law firms, educational organisations, government agencies, immigration authorities and professional bodies.


Test results are normally reported approximately six weeks after the test date. Levels of performance in the exam are distinguished by a range of passing and failing grades.

The passing grades are B2 Pass, C1 Pass and C1 Pass with Merit.

All candidates receive a Statement of Results showing their overall grade and their performance on each of the four papers. Candidates who achieve a passing grade will also receive a certificate awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Registration for the ILEC session

You will find information about registration for the ILEC exams on our contact page. Candidates can also register on-line on this web site.

ILEC Exam Sessions
Exam date
Final entry date
Saturday 6 July 2013
2 June 2013
247 €
Friday 6 December 2013
5 November 2013

Late registration and cancellations

A late registration fee of 40 € per candidate will be charged for entries received after the end of the registration period. In the case of late entries space is subject to availability. If a candidate is unable to attend an exam session on medical grounds, a 24 € administration fee will be retained by the centre and the remainder of the fees will be returned to the candidate. No refund will be made for any other reason.

Special arrangements for candidates

Cambridge English provides a Special Arrangements service for some candidates, for example those with learning difficulties, hearing difficulties or visual difficulties.

For further information on the services we provide, click the links on the left or below:

Learning difficulties
Hearing or speaking difficulties
Visual difficulties

We also have information on the range of modified materials that can be provided for candidates with special requirements.


In order to avoid spelling mistakes on exam certificates, please make sure that candidates' names and surnames are spelt correctly and that you have included their date of birth. The centre cannot accept responsibility for spelling mistakes or missing accents on final certificates. Schools registering groups of students should provide us with their name, address, email and telephone number so that we can issue results directly to the school.



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