Our courses


All our courses focus on specific terminology, spoken interaction and improvement of writing skills so as to facilitate communication with clients and foreign peers. Moreover, our tutors have a good command of the Romanian legislation which will enable participants to better understand legal English structures and functions.

Our schedule is also very flexible. Participants can choose an open-course at our office or out trainers can teach at our clients’ office. At the same time, one-to-one classes are also possible.


Basic Legal English Course

Our course is aimed at legal professionals who would like to get an insight into the complex and challenging language of the law and covers all main areas of legal practice. It is also the foundation for TOLES exams. Not only does it provide participants with the opportunity to acquire specific terminology, but it is also highly interactive in terms of spoken and written communication; therefore, our participants will be exposed to real situations that they deal with in their work routine: lawyer-client interviews, client care emails (informing clients in respect of the stages in a litigation), legal opinions on different topics.

The legal areas covered in our course:

  • Civil Proceedings
  • Company Law
  • Contract Law
  • Insolvency
  • Employment Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Competition Law

Duration: 30 hours.

English for Litigations

Our course aims at litigators who are keen on improving legal terminology with a view to better relating to their clients.

The main benefits are:

  • acquiring legal terminology in respect of the Romanian civil proceedings;
  • using formal language in writing (client reports in respect of case strategy, stages in the proceedings);
  • explaining case related issues when addressing clients in meetings.

Duration: 15 hours.

Commercial Law English

Our course addresses solicitors acting in the area of commercial law. It is primarily meant to enhance their writing skills when providing advocacy services to their clients.

Therefore, the main topics that are covered are:

  • Company formation (documents and procedures to be complied with upon incorporation);
  • Types of companies as provided under the Romanian legislation;
  • Provisions governing contributions to the share capital, management systems, Shareholders General Meetings as set forth in Companies Act 31/1990;
  • Constitutional amendments (drafting Shareholders’ Resolutions in respect of changing a company’s name, registered office, increase/ reduction of share capital, appointment of a director);
  • Spin-offs;
  • Mergers.

Duration: 20 hours.

English for Insolvency Practitioners

Our course combines legal and economy English as these are two essential specialized languages that insolvency practitioners use in their current activity. At the same time, our seminar is highly interactive and our participants will practice their newly-acquired terminology through case studies.

The content of course:

  • Main insolvency proceedings: administration, restructuring, company voluntary arrangement, compulsory and voluntary liquidation;
  • Types of security interests;
  • Asset realization.

Duration: 15 hours.

English for Criminal Law

Our course addresses professionals who work in the area of criminal law (judges, prosecutors, police officers) who are keen on improving legal terminology with a view to better relating to foreign peers both in writing and speaking.

Main topics:

  • Crimes (against the government, against the person, against property, crimes of forgery, white-collar crimes, cybercrimes, etc.)
  • Criminal Proceedings (court jurisdiction, joinder and severance, types of evidence, preventive measures, stages in a criminal trial, ordinary and extraordinary challenges to sentencing, enforcement of the sentence).

Certifications

TOLES (Test of Legal English Skills) is the exam that meets the language needs of legal professionals (lawyers, judges, prosecutors, public notaries, in-house counsels, paralegals, law students) and provides them with international certification of their legal English knowledge.

SpeakOut is a certified TOLES examination centre as of 2013.
There are five exam sessions organized each year.
You have to register 30 days prior to the exam. The exam is organized at SpeakOut office in Bucharest and the papers are assessed in the UK.

Exam dates for 2017:

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

TOLES organization is also member of the International Division of Law Society of England and Wales. The tests created by TOLES organization are the result of extensive consultations with leading commercial law firms that have signaled the international lawyers’ need to sustain their general English knowledge by appropriate legal terminology. Thus, TOLES materials are well-known and highly-valued by law firms and legal and business institutions around the word which include:

  • European Court of Justice
  • European Central Bank
  • European Law Students Association
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • International Criminal Court
  • Deutsche Bundesbank
  • Siemens
  • United Law Associates
  • Nordea Bank AB,Denmark
  • Alcatel
  • Sony Ericson
  • KPMG
  • Bonn &Schmitt & Steichen
  • Barcelona Bar Association
  • Shearman & Sterling
  • Allen & Overy

TOLES Foundation

The Foundation Course is a recommended starting point in legal English training for law students. More experienced lawyers may also take TOLES Foundation if they wish to start training in legal English.

TOLES Higher

The course builds on the language knowledge of practical legal English vocabulary acquired at Foundation course. The course aim is to enhance the ability of legal professionals to deal with more complex authentic legal documents and case studies while continuing to focus on function and structure accuracy. The course is also appropriate for general English teachers who wish to start teaching legal English.

TOLES Advanced

The course develops and improves practical language abilities for all activities that international lawyers perform in English. It focuses on accuracy and legal terminology as well as on the ability to research, assess, and solve real cases. It is also adequate to university graduates who wish to enroll on MA and PhD programmes abroad and need to improve and use with accuracy legal terminology in specific work and academic related topics.

Translations

SpeakOut has wide experience in translating legal documents including:

  • Legal opinions
  • Contracts
  • Shareholders’ Resolutions
  • Merger Projects
  • Spin off Projects
  • Tender books
  • Restructuring plans
  • Asset realization procedures
  • Court documents (complaints, statements of defense, counter claims, appeals, affidavits)

The accuracy of our translations is mainly supported by the fact that our translators have sound knowledge of the Romanian legal system, which facilitates adequate usage of technical vocabulary in context.

About us


Values

  • Flexibility: it is essential for us to ensure validity and relevance of our work, and therefore we are open for any suggestions related to our schedule, the course structure or the learning needs. Speak Out! offers you patience, motivation and responsibility, together with a relaxed learning environment
  • Innovation: we utilize modern teaching methods and materials, we permanently adjust our course content and dare to try the latest trends in education
  • Inspiration: our educational patterns are immediately applicable and inspire course participants to continue studying after the course has finished or come back to a new one for more relevant and exciting experience

What we do

Services Speak-Out! covers a wide range of communication needs by offering foreign language courses, Romanian for foreigners courses, as well as coaching courses for people of all age groups and from different backgrounds. You can suggest a communication course to us or you can choose one from our offer:

  • Foreign language courses for adults (English, French, German)
  • Foreign language courses for children (English, French, German)
  • Specific language courses (English and French)
  • Preparation courses for international certification (IELTS, Cambridge, DELF)
  • Romanian for foreigners
  • Personal and professional development courses (bilingual, available in Romanian and/or English)

More!

Speak-Out! is also involved in various international projects and partnerships for the management and development of educational events (such as conferences, workshops, educational summer schools), for which we can offer consultancy and the required resources.

Along this line, we can provide translation and interpretation services on request (for both individuals and companies).


Events


Speak Out! Has a rich experience in organizing international and national educational events in partnership with prestigious institutions and companies.


We have high-quality material and human resources, adaptable to any type of event (conferences, workshops, intensive courses, summer camps, etc.). Summer School - intensive workshop of applied law, bilingual (Romanian-English).


At the end of each summer, we make you return to work or college more enjoyable and efficient through an intensive and interactive law workshop on current and interesting topics for legal practitioners. The workshop offers you the opportunity to discuss concrete cases, participate in presentations, apply the law knowledge in practical situations (lawyer-client interviews, pleadings, etc.), both in Romanian and English.


Connect with us


+40 (0) 724.486.455

office@speak-out.ro