I must say that I had a wonderful time at the training and I learnt a lot. Lawyers in Anglo-Saxon countries say that the English language is a tool of their trade,yet so many don't use it effectively. The training equipped me with the necessary skills to use English legal writing to communicate more effectively.
- Denis Nono, Supervisor legal affairs, Uganda Tax Authority

For sure, everybody enjoyed the training. It was very nice to hear a native speaker, specially one with such high legal drafting techniques
- Wagner Osti Pedro, Embraco, Joinville, Brazil

Excellent course. I recommend the training 'Contract Drafting and Legal Writing'. It gave to me the chance to understand the need of Plain Legal English in contracts as a way to mitigate ambiguity or misinterpretation of a clause. Also the training clarified the context in which Anglo-Saxon Legal System is inserted, since the Brazilian Legal System is in a different one.
- Rafael Mechi Nunes, Sr. Contract Lawyer, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Courses – Legal English Online with British barristers

Persuasive writing for lawyers

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Persuasive writing for lawyers is an advanced course of legal writing arming participants with an ability which most lawyers do not possess: the ability to persuade. Persuasion is an essential legal skill but few lawyers possess it.
Lawyers often forget that they are also professional writers,paid not merely for their knowledge but also for their l ability to write texts that win cases and arguments. Many lawyers merely list facts and legal authorities without turning them into winning arguments. This is not persuasive writing. At least 50% of a lawyer’s  writing will be aimed at persuading judges, tribunals, clients or opponents - but often very little thought goes into the text which they hope will persuade the reader.
Persuasive writing is  a skill which can be learnt and gives tose who can use it, a big advantage in litigation, negotiation and client handling. It helps to convince judges that the writer's client should win and, for clients, that the lawyer's ability is greater than others. Used properly, readers rarely notice that they are being persuaded – merelyfeeling that the text makes common sense.
This 10 lesson course covers all the major techniques of writing persuasively. It is delivered in easy to understand lessons, using examples and home tasks for participants to practice the techniques. The course includes writing for use in litigation arguments, negotiation scenarios and for general persuasion of clients as well as on behalf of clients. Armed with the knowledge from this course you will be able to deal with, and dismiss, your opponents arguments whilst promoting your own suggestions and ideas. You will gain a clear understanding of how to use the facts and legal authorities to their maximum effect and impact – a unique opportunity, not to be wasted, enabling you to score points and damage your opponent without even opening your mouth.
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Arbitration Law and Practice Course

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The curriculum is built around 15 substantive modules.
The Arbitration law andPractice course involves the essential elements of the law of Arbitration, together with the legal English terms and phrases needed to conduct legal work in this important legal area. It is therefore, suitable both for lawyers and law students who are new to the topic, as well as for these more experienced professionals who seek to reinforce their legal knowledge and improve their legal English skills. All the lessons are taught by qualified British lawyers who are also qualified as teachers of English as a foreign language. At the end of the course you should know and understand how arbitration procedure works and how to perform your role in arbitration proceedings.
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Oil and Gas law and legal vocabulary

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The Oil and gas law and legal vocabulary course
The curriculum is built around 14 substantive modules.
The Oil and gas law and legal vocabulary course involves the law of 14 essential areas of Oil and gas law, together with the legal English terms and phrases needed to conduct legal work in this important legal area. It is therefore, suitable both for lawyers and law students who are new to the topic, as well as for these more experienced professionals who seek to reinforce their legal knowledge and improve their legal English skills. All the lessons are taught by qualified British lawyers who are also qualified as teachers of English as a foreign language.
 
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Legal English Vocabulary - Free course

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The free course “Legal English Vocabulary” presents the essential key legal English terminology in 8 lessons over the space of two months. The lessons are held on-line via webinars allowing participants to join in with questions about meaning and pronunciation.
The course covers the wide range of technical and legal words and phrases used in the administration of both general law and company and commercial law, equipping the students to work an international environment.
All the teachers and trainers are either qualified British Barristers or Solicitors, in private practice with experience being practicing commercial lawyers  and, as such, they understand the questions and vocabulary that causes problems for lawyers who re not native English speakers. 
 
The course is delivered through 8 lessons, at the rate of one lesson each week, spread over the course of two months. The lessons are in the form of webinars and are designed to emphasise the correct use of the vocabulary, practice pronunciation and speaking and to answer technical legal questions from the participants about the legal meaning of the words and phrases contained in the course.
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Legal Writing Course

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A lawyer’s ability to write clearly and correctly will be the basis upon which other lawyers, and potential clients, will assess the lawyer's competence. This may not be fair, or accurate, but it is a fact that younger lawyers, in particular, must master accurate writing in legal English in order to progress their careers. You need every document you write to show that you are a professional, clearheaded, knowledgeable and accurate lawyer - just the type that they want to deal with.

The British Legal Centre’s - Legal Writing Course is a 15-unit, inter-active, online course teaching the essential skills of drafting clear and precise letters, documents and contracts. These include the basic skills of structuring and formatting texts, using correct grammar and style, together with general assistance to make all your writing clear, concise and easy to understand.

All the differing requirements of  letters and legal documents are dealt with, stressing the common rule of being easily understood. The course presents key written communication skills in a series of lessons, following detailed reading and listening passages. The course exercises involve the production of typical work-place documents required in daily work situations. There is a heavy emphasis on the production of written material by the students to test and expand their legal drafting ability. The trainers provide detailed feedback on the home tasks and all are either practicing British lawyers, working in the area of Commercial and Contract Law or experienced teachers of Law and Legal English.
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