Test of Legal English Skills (TOLES) Foundation

Level 1 Legal English exam

This exam is the recommended starting point in legal English training for international law students. It may also be appropriate for more experienced lawyers who are not familiar with professional legal English.


It is intended as a test of working lawyers’ commercial legal English skills, rather than a test of their academic legal English skills.


TOLES Foundation syllabus


Please note we must receive your application 28 working days in advance of the exam date.

Dates for 2017:

26 January, 23 March, 22 June, 24 August, 23 November

Closing date for applications:

28 working days in advance of exam date

Exam location:
90 minutes
Skills tested:

Legal reading and writing


Practical legal vocabulary in authentic situations; consolidation of basic grammar

Level of English required:

Elementary-advanced (CEFR A2 with high legal vocabulary)


The maximum score possible is 100

TOLES Foundation (with grade explanation) are sent out six weeks after the test. A four-week fast-track option is available for an extra £40.
Ideal for:
  • International law students
  • Lawyers who are not familiar with professional legal English

  • Training materials: ‘The Lawyer’s English Language Coursebook’
  • Additional grammar study recommended
  • Practice papers – available from TOLES bookshop
  • Professional Language Solutions – one-to-one intensive Legal English course

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