Legal English and Legal Skills 2019

The Annual International Legal Excellence Programme is run by Law Society Professional Training and takes place in July each year.


This programme for 2019 will run from 15 July - 19 July inclusive

About the programme

This annual 5-day summer course is a great opportunity to:

  • Improve your legal and English skills
  • Network with legal professionals from other countries
  • Discover beautiful Ireland


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What does the course cover?

  • Legal English Terminology and Civil/Common Law comparison
  • Legal Presentation Skills
  • Interviewing Clients
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Legal Drafting
  • Ethics - a comparison
  • Social and Cultural programme

How is it taught?

This course is highly practical and based on learning-by-doing. It includes interactive lectures, workshops, role-plays, performance recordings and one-to-one feedback.

Who we are

The Law Society of Ireland is the professional, representative and educational body for its 14,000 solicitor lawyer members.

The Law Society Education Department carries out the educational function of the Law Society. The Department is the sole provider of vocational education in Ireland for trainee solicitor lawyers, specifically at the pre-qualification stage. It is also responsible for post-qualification education for solicitor lawyers through the provision of conferences, seminars, workshops and certified Certificates, Diplomas and Masters Awards.

On an international level, Law Society Professional Training designs and delivers training in collaboration with many international partners including the Academy of European Law (ERA), the American Bar Association (ABA) and European Bars.

Our lecturers are experienced and respected solicitors, barristers and professional legal skills consultants with extensive practice and teaching experience and certified learning, teaching and assessment qualifications.

The Law Society Education Department has dedicated training facilities which are designed in an educational ergonomic manner having regard to best practice in training environments.  We also offer Free Wi-Fi, Library facilities and SMART TVs for an interactive learning experience.

Meet the programme team

Attracta O'Regan Katherine Kane Colette Reid Martin Cooney Cathal Quinn
Attracta O'Regan
Solicitor, Head of Law Society of  Ireland Professional Training
Katherine Kane
Solicitor, Education Executive,
Law Society of Ireland

Colette Reid
Solicitor, Course Manager,
Law Society of Ireland

Martin Cooney
Solicitor, Partner at ByrneWallace Solicitors, Dublin

Cathal Quinn
Head of Voice & Speech at the Lir, Trinity College, Dublin 

Testimonials from past participants 

'I attended the International Legal Excellence programme, organised by the Law Society of Ireland Professional Training since it was first offered in 2015.

The course has met my highest expectations.  I have had the opportunity to interact and learn from qualified professionals and, above all, I believe that for a lawyer, the course is highly interactive and intellectually very stimulating. I have greatly enjoyed the method of teaching and the level of content of the courses.

I also appreciated the organisational structure, the staff, and the material provided. Sincerely, the Law Society takes impeccable care of the professionals who attend these courses and I will be happy and honoured to attend the course next year.'

Avv. Lucia Fabbri, Practising lawyer and barrister in Italy

‘I applied for the International Legal Excellence programme 2017 because I was looking for an opportunity to improve my English and to get in contact with lawyers from other countries.

The program was varied and focused on useful skills like writing, presentation and negotiation. In addition to the highly qualified staff we had the opportunity to work with the Head of Voice of the Trinity College, a psychologist and an experienced negotiator.

The social activities provided plenty of opportunities to get to know the other attendees and, of course, Dublin. A unique experience was the dedication and the enthusiasm of the staff members who spent a lot of their time with us to make sure everybody was involved and content.  Overall it was a delightful experience’. 
Johanna Thoelke, Rechtsanwältin, Solicitor, Germany

Fees and more information

The course fee is €995 per participant. (This fee includes all course materials, lunch and refreshments during course time, networking drinks reception and full-day tour). The course is open to all EU lawyers.

To maximise the learning experience for participants numbers on this skills based course are strictly limited so early booking is advisable.

Please note numbers are strictly limited - early booking is advised.

Need help?

If you have any queries on our 2019 programme, contact a member of the Professional Training team in Ireland - call +353 1 881 5727 or email

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