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

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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Company and Corporate Law

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A 15 -unit course covering the law, meaning and use of the essential Legal English words and phrases needed by lawyers working in the field of company/corporate law and other business structures. The course includes both the law and practical instructions on how to form companies, issue shares and capitalisation, the duties and powers of directors and how companies are governed and make decisions. The course covers the law and the practical aspects and documentation of Mergers and Acquisitions, company closures and sale of assets. All the teachers and trainers are either qualified British Barristers or Solicitors with experience of Corporate Law and giving them an understanding of the questions and tasks your clients are likely to ask you to perform.
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Contract and Legal Document Drafting Course

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The essential basics of writing clear documents and contracts covering essential basic vocabulary and phrases which are most often used in legal documents such as contracts and other agreements. It provides explanations of the meaning and use of archaic legal English, including Latin and Norman French

A 15-unit, interactive, online course, teaching the essential skills of drafting clear contracts, including the key elements of English contract law and terminology. The course includes basic contracts, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, assignments and third party rights, guarantees, indemnities, warranties, conditions and other contract terms. Rights, remedies and enforceability are all covered in online lessons. The course exercises which make up most of the home tasks help participants learn the vocabulary and phrases through context, testing and reinforcement. The production of written material by the students is emphasised to test and expand their legal drafting ability. All the Instructors 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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Cambridge University Legal English Certificate (ILEC) - Online a

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This course prepares its students for work as lawyers in commercial law offices where English is the working language. The full on-line course contains 60 hours of lessons plus 50 hours of home study tasks and a further 25 hours of tasks involving international legal research to cement the participant’s ability to practice International law. The lessons explain and increase knowledge and ability to use legal English words and phrases correctly by requiring the participants to read, watch, listen and speak. The course also uses the textbook and C D's - International Legal English published by Cambridge University Press. The course is intended also as preparation for the Cambridge University International Legal English Certificate (ILEC) Exam which is held monthly in major cities around the world.

The course teaches legal English vocabulary and basic Commercial Law and also develops the professional skills the participants will need to work as a lawyer in a professional law office.

The Summer Schools are held at various times during the year, in the UK, Ireland, Turkey and Dubai. There are between 35 - 60 hours of lessons spread over either 1 or 2 weeks, terminating on the day before the ILEC Exam. We can assist with accomodation for visitors to the UK and Ireland. The trainers are all qualified UK lawyers who also hold teaching qualifications.

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Intellectual Property English

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The “Legal English of IP Law” presents the essential law and key legal English terminology in lessons covering reading, writing, listening and speaking. The lessons are held on-line.
The course covers the wide range of technical and legal words and phrases used in this area of law equipping the students to work in this rapidly developing field of Law.
The course contains units covering the essential law which every international IP Lawyer should know in order to work effectively in this sphere. This includes the law of patents, copyright, e-commerce, domain names, design law, the international implications of the law as well as practical skills such as drafting IP agreements, IP due diligence and the rapidly evolving Internet related law. All the teachers and trainers are either qualified British Barristers or Solicitors, in private practice with experience of IP Law and, as such, they understand the questions and tasks that clients are likely to ask lawyers to assist with.

The course requires 16 hours of lesson time plus another 8 – 10 hours of private study time, using inter-active study exercises submitted through the Internet and e mail, over the period of the course As an extra aid to the students, an additional package of one-2-one private training is available for an extra fee. This private training is conducted by a video-conference discussions of 15 minutes each week, scheduled at times suitable for the student with a qualified lawyer. These sessions are to emphasise the correct use of the vocabulary, practice pronunciation and speaking and to answer technical legal questions as well as setting additional legal drafting exercises.

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