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Intensive Advanced Legal English Program

Intensive Advanced Legal English Program

Learn the terminology, language, and writing skills needed to pursue your legal studies in Canada

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May 6th




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Transition from international law to LLM specializations at Osgoode Hall Law School, other Canadian law schools or fields that require Legal English. Gain confidence in your English language reading, writing and presentation skills so you can succeed in your Canadian legal graduate studies.

What is the Intensive Advanced Legal English Program?

This intensive program at York University’s English Language Institute is designed to provide you with the legal terminology, language and writing skills you need to succeed in legal graduate studies at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School or other Canadian law schools, and ultimately, pursue a legal professional career in Canada. All classes are led by our expert English Language Institute instructors, with regular feedback on legal topics from both law instructors and guest speakers.

What you will learn

We will help you develop your English language reading, writing and verbal skills so you can pursue your legal studies in Canada with confidence. Throughout the program you will:

  • Improve your IELTS or equivalent language score
  • Study the language of the law in a small group of peers
  • Enhance the grammar and structure of your writing
  • Work with legal terminology and documents necessary for successful Masters of Law (LLM) study
  • Develop and practice your professional speaking and presentation skills
Program Benefits

You will learn in small classes with other international students pursuing their legal studies in Canada. From day one, you will join a supportive community of learners with whom you will be able to practice your language skills and form professional relationships.

IALE Graduate Bursary

Invest in yourself, and we’ll invest in you. Graduates of the Intensive Advanced Legal English program, who go on to enroll in Osgoode Professional Development’s Professional LLM or Graduate Diploma in Foundations of Canadian Law are eligible for a bursary of $3000 (for domestic students) or $6000 (for international students) to help fund their graduate study.

IALE Graduate Bursary – Eligibility Requirements and Process

Eligibility: The IALE Graduate Bursary is for Professional LLM and Graduate Diploma in Foundations of Canadian Law students who have completed the Intensive Advanced Legal English Program (IALE).

Application Required: To apply, use the Osgoode Professional Development Bursary application in your second term of your LLM/Diploma program. Proof of successful completion of IALE will be required. You cannot apply for the bursary in advance.

Amounts: Domestic students will receive $3,000 and international students will receive $6,000. Domestic/international status is determined based on your current status. You can only get the bursary once, and you need to apply in your second term. If you do another LLM/Diploma program, you can’t get a second bursary.

Full-time Schedule:

Program length: 16 weeks

Class hours per week: 20

  • 4 hours per day, 5 days a week (4 days in person, 1 day live online with your instructor via Zoom)
Part-time Schedule:

Program length: 12 weeks

Class hours per week:

Learn more about the English Language Institute

Who should take this program?

This program is primarily designed for graduates of law degree programs from outside Canada who are interested in pursuing graduate legal studies in English, pursuing accreditation to practice law in Canada, or seeking employment in the legal field in Canada.

To view all English Language Institute preparation programs, visit our Proficiency Pathway table.

Admission Requirements

Language Proficiency: 6.5 IELTS or equivalent test score
Previous Education: Graduation from a law degree program outside Canada

Provide in your application:

  • Language proficiency test results
  • Law degree transcripts
Accredited by Languages Canada
Academic Program

Intensive Advanced Legal English Program

Summer 2024

Live Online + On Campus Classes


Policies & More Information


You will need a computer with reliable, high-speed internet and a camera and microphone. An e-mail account, internet library access, and course materials are included in the tuition fee.

Extra-curricular and outside of class services

Students can attend a range of co-curricular activities including:

  • Conversation Partners
  • Online workshops on university life skills, including topics such as time management skills, applying for admission, and testing strategies
Enrolment changes, cancellations and refunds

Please refer to our Deferral, Transfer, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Contact Us

Ask us anything about this program and we’ll get back to you within 2 business days.