CUP In JV To Create Online Language Training For Lawyers

Cambridge University Press, the Boston University School of Law and the Swedish language company, TransLegal, have launched the world’s first online language training for the global legal community.

The training product is targeted to a market of over 2 million lawyers around the world providing English language training to lawyers and law students in an era when the rapid growth of cross-border transactions and business is placing an ever-increasing demand on the global legal community to communicate in English.

"This cooperation is historic in that it brings together the expertise of an over 400 year-old institution with a prestigious American university and an entrepreneurial, web-based provider of language training in Stockholm," says Michael Lindner, President of TransLegal.

The Program for Legal English Academic Development (PLEAD) is a training course for lawyers and law students who wish to improve their Legal English.

PLEAD is a "blended learning" course comprising an online course and the world’s best-selling Legal English coursebook, International Legal English, written by TransLegal and published by Cambridge University Press.

"From Asia to Europe to South America, over two million lawyers are increasingly facing the challenge of drafting legal documents, negotiating and practicing law in a foreign language – English," continues Michael Lindner.

The PLEAD course contains preparation materials for the Cambridge International Legal English Certificate (ILEC) (, the world’s only internationally-recognised test of Legal English.

The press release tells us that although it has been on the market only a few months, the course is already being used by bar associations in Sweden, France and Italy as well as law firms around the world.

About Cambridge University Press, Boston University and TransLegal

Founded by a royal charter granted to the University of Cambridge by King Henry VIII in 1534, Cambridge University Press ( is the oldest printer and publisher in the world, having been operating continuously since 1584. Cambridge is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious academic publishers in subjects from medicine and law to literature and classics. Cambridge’s academic publishing includes around 200 journals and between 2,500 and 4,000 new books every single year and Cambridge is one of the world’s leading publishers of English Language Teaching materials with ELT publications sold to almost every country in the world and promoted by representatives based in over 60 countries.

Boston University School of Law ( is one of America’s premier law schools. Ranked in the top 12 percent of U.S. law schools, according to US News and World Report, and #1 in Teaching Quality, according to Leiter Law School Rankings, BU Law has been home to distinguished leaders in law and legal scholarship for over 135 years.

Founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 1989 by US and UK lawyers, TransLegal ( is the leading provider of English training materials to the legal community with Legal English products and services that are used by lawyers and law students in over 75 countries around the world. From online courses recognized by bar associations for Continuing Legal Education to the world’s best-selling Legal English coursebooks, TransLegal prepares lawyers and law students for Cambridge ILEC, the only internationally-recognised test of Legal English, created by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations in cooperation with TransLegal.