This website aims to helps people around the world become fluent in Legal English.
About Study Legal English
This website aims to helps people around the world become fluent in Legal English. The main resource is the free Study Legal English podcast which can be listened to for free on the website, on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and other podcast apps.
I launched the free podcast at the end of 2017 and since then it has been downloaded over 100,000 times in over 150 countries. There are over 70 episodes ranging from beginner to advanced level. There are different episode types such as interviews with legal professionals and fictional dialogues. Some of the episodes with similar themes fit into courses, so that you can get a deeper understanding of a particular legal topic.
The site has some other resources:
- lesson plans to be used with each podcast episode for self-study or with a teacher.
- a blog covering various topics related to Legal English
In 2018, the website was a finalist in the British Council ELTons awards and recognised as “Quite simply, the only site of its kind at such a comprehensive level.“
Hi everyone, I’m Louise, I’m a legal English teacher and podcaster from the UK and here you can find out a bit about me.
After graduating with a first-class Law degree and subsequently completing a master’s degree in Law at UCL, I worked in the field of international environmental law. This work took me to Brazil for the 2012 Earth Summit, where I ended up living and teaching English. I took a TEFL qualification and a legal English teaching qualification and began specialising in teaching legal English.
Whilst learning Portuguese I found listening to podcasts really helpful – with podcasts you have a native teacher with you all the time! This is why, at the end of 2017, I choose to set up Study Legal English – as a way to help busy lawyers and law students around the world improve their legal English.
Now I am based in Lecco, Italy and helping people improve their Legal English has become my main life goal! I continue to teach legal English both to individuals and groups face-to-face and online, and develop Study Legal English so that it can be useful for learners around the world. I love interviewing people and creating the episodes, but I couldn’t do it without the help and support from many people including my family and friends.
As a board member of the European Legal English Teachers’ Association I’m grateful to be part of an excellent support network of legal English professionals and previously as a member of the International Division of the Law Society of England and Wales.
I’ve recently finished co-writing a legal skills coursebook with Natasha Costello which features chapters on contract drafting, legal writing, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution (arbitration and mediation), advocacy, and more. The book is due to be published in 2023.
Thank you for visiting my site and I hope you find it a helpful resource.