Coorganised with ULaw

Specially designed for Escuela de Práctica Jurídica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, this 2-week online training programme, designed and taught by academic staff of the University of Law,  will provide an introductory and practical approach to key topics within key common law issues. In addition, an emphasis will be provided on developing delegates legal English skills, focussing primarily on vocabulary, written style and spoken communication in legal contexts.

Course Overview

This University of Law online programme has been designed for future/current lawyers looking to gain an international perspective with a focus on the UK and US common law systems.
In terms of the common law topics, the programme will review the concept of the rule of law and the doctrine of precedent alongside the role of statutory laws. The tutor will cover the differences between civil and criminal law and their respective court systems. This will be contrasted with the equivalent systems in the USA. The legal industry as a whole will be considered, including the roles of solicitors and barristers in the UK and their respective governing bodies. Delegates will also consider the concept of the law firm as a business enterprise and the importance of good management, marketing, and strategic thinking in developing a successful legal business, together with the factors that influence a client’s choice of law firm. The programme will be interactive and will include a virtual tour of one of the great legal institutions in the UK.

For the legal English component, the focus will be on improving delegates’ legal English competencies in an international legal environment. This will include an overview of some key terminology specific to tort law and contract law. The new language will be practised in writing and through speaking activities such as presentations and negotiation role-plays. Delegates will also attend a session on legal letter writing and follow this up with a practice client meeting, where their oral communication and wider advocacy skills will be developed.

The course is digital first - it combines case studies, practical tips, individual and small group exercises, and personal reflection.

Proposed Overall Learning Outcomes

The overall programme will enable delegates to:
• Understand the key concepts and laws which underpin legal practice focused on an international context
• Understand the key structures and institutions in the English common law system and through comparison the same in the US common law system
• Become familiar with the language of tort law and use it effectively in written and spoken English
• Become familiar with the language of contract law and use it effectively in written and spoken English
• Gain an understanding of the structure, style and language of a legal letter and communicate effectively with a client in appropriate written and spoken English

Programme timetable

Week One


Monday 27th June

Tuesday 28th June

Wednesday 29th June

Thursday 30st July


Introduction & Welcome

Overview of the Common Law Legal System- England and Wales & United States

Routes to Practice in the UK & US

UK & US Legal Industry –organisations, main players and structures


Legal English: the law of tort

Key vocabulary

Presentation skills

Legal English: contract law

Key vocabulary

Negotiation skills


This session will cover:

An introduction on the difference between civil and criminal law, the concept of rule of law, the common law basis of English law and the doctrine of precedent, alongside the application of statute and statutory interpretation.

An introduction to the concepts of federal and state laws in the USA and the common law system that applies in all states except Louisiana which has a mixed civil and common law system.

A review of the two branches of the legal profession in the UK - solicitors and barristers – and the routes to qualification in both the UK and US

This session will cover:

An introduction to the role of solicitors and barristers and the respective governing bodies of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and the Bar Council and the role of the Legal Services Board.

A review of solicitors’ firms and barristers’ chambers;

A review of other branches of the legal industry such as licensed conveyancers, patent attorneys, legal executives and paralegals.

A review of introduction of Alternative Business Structures and the provision of legal services alongside other businesses such as banks or shops.

An introduction to the federal and state institutions and courts in the USA.

The session will cover:

An introduction to the areas of tort.

A comprehensive breakdown of the areas of negligence, nuisance and defamation.

A review of three landmark cases, looking closely at the application of tort law.

Vocabulary exercises to consolidate comprehension and acquire mastery of the language of tort law.

Presentation structure

Signposting language for presentations

Engaging an audience during a presentation

Practice presentations and tutor/peer feedback

The session will cover:

An introduction to the elements of a contract.

An overview of the formation of a contract in common law systems.

A review of two cases, looking closely at the application of contract law.

Vocabulary exercises to consolidate comprehension and acquire mastery of the language of contract law.

Review of the structure and language of contractual negotiations.

Role-play negotiations and peer/tutor feedback.




Week Two


Monday 4th July

Tuesday 5th July

Wednesday 6th July

Thursday 7th July


The Law Firm as a Business: Commercial Aspects

Legal Operations

Legal English: dealing with clients

Letter writing

Powerful communication skills

UK Legal Institutions (2hrs)

Virtual Tour. For example, UK Parliament or Royal Courts of Justice


UK Law, EU Law and Brexit

End of Programme Summary. Key Learning Outcomes & Closing Ceremony


This session will cover:

An introduction to the business dimension of legal practice.

A review of how law firms make a profit and how good and bad businesses practices can affect profit margins.

A review of how clients choose their lawyers and what they expect of them.

Consideration of the importance of strategic thinking and marketing to gain a competitive edge and demonstrates how good management of people also has a positive effect on success and profitability.

This session will cover:

The essential steps in a first client meeting.

Standard phrases and terminology to structure client meetings.

Client meeting scenarios and role-plays.

The structure and language of formal letters.

The power of persuasive language.

Letter-writing practice.

Peer/tutor feedback.


This session will cover:

A review of the civil court system from County Court through the High Court and the Court of Appeal (civil division) up to the Supreme Court.

A review of the criminal court system from the Magistrates’ Court, through the Crown Court and Court of Appeal (criminal division) up to the Supreme Court.

An introduction to the role of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Consideration of the role of parliament in creating law in the UK.

A review the regulatory bodies that can impact on the work of lawyers such as the FCA.


This session will cover:

An introduction to the current implications of Brexit with special emphasis around the effects on UK Law and EU Law.

A review of how the legal frameworks will differ from the current pre-Brexit EU Landscape

Consideration of the practical implications of Brexit for lawyers and businesses


Coorganised with ULaw

We are one of the UK’s longest-established specialist providers of legal education, tracing our origins to 1876. With a rich heritage and a reputation for innovation and contemporary teaching practices, we continuously focus on developing the best legal minds. What really sets us apart is the guiding principle that future lawyers and business leaders should learn in a realistic, professional and contemporary context, with plenty of practical interactive engagement. All of our training programmes are designed with a unique, varied and innovative learning approach proven to deliver self-reliant professionals who can compete in the fast-changing professional world. With a focus on developing skills in problem-solving, weighing up arguments, critical thinking and commercial awareness, our courses are designed to prepare you for the real-life challenges of the working world.
Find out more, including our international offering at


Tutors and professors

Rory Collins
Professional Development Tutor, University of Law

Molly Bellamy
Professional Development Tutor, University of Law


To register your place on the course, contact

Delegates are expected to have B2 or equivalent in English


Price: £585 plus VAT (Total: £702)

Schedule and certificate

27th June – 7th July 2021. Sessions run Monday – Thursday, 10am – 1pm Madrid time
Collaborate – ULaw’s online learning platform
Upon successful completion of the programme, EPJ & ULaw will present the delegates with a certificate.