City Uni launches English classes for overseas law students

Would-be lawyers from overseas who are having trouble with their grammar are being offered a helping hand by City University, which has developed a new course to introduce law students to the English legal language.

The programme, which has been designed by City University’s Centre for Translation Studies and The City Law School, has primarily been created to support international students wanting to take the new bar aptitude test being introduced by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) next year.

Dean of The City Law School Professor Susan Nash said: “English comprehension is already a requirement for several of our courses, and with the imminent introduction of an English language test by the BSB, understanding English legal terminology will become even more important for law students.”

Nash added that candidates who took the course would improve their comprehension of legal texts, as well as oral and written advocacy, and would be able to participate in a mooting competition at the end of the programme.

The four-week scheme, which runs through August, costs £1,350 to study but students who have accepted an offer at The City Law School qualify for a reduced rate of £1,000.

The BSB has been continually toying with the idea of introducing an aptitude test for aspiring barristers wanting to secure a place on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) since the publication of the Wood Report in 2008. It finally introduced a pilot test earlier this year for entry onto the BPTC in September 2010 (read article).