Legal Writing Course
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.
THE COURSE INCLUDES more
- Letter writing practice
- Contract Drafting practice
- General Document drafting practice
- Instruction on structure style layout and content
- Inter-active writing exercises
- Exercises to practice brevity and conciseness and accuracy
- Grammar Exercises
- the practical language of contract formation
- legal vocabulary
- glossary with definitions
- course certificate upon successful completion
The essential basic vocabulary and phrases which are most often used in legal documents, providing explanations of the meaning and use of archaic legal English, including Latin and Norman French.
COURSE CONTENTS more
Style and language - writing in short sentences, using bullet points in contracts and emails, use of the word Shall’.
2. Consistent grammar structures in texts to increase understanding, writing in the positive
3. Restrictive and non—restrictive clauses - changes in the legal meaning caused by the use of non-restrictive clauses.
4. Brevity and accuracy – Ellipsis, punctuation, sentence length, precision in descriptions
5. Grammar (i) – Possessive pronouns and reported speech who Grammar (ii) - continuity, countable nouns, verb tenses
6. Letter writing - structure and purpose of general letters of advice, letters of complaint, letters of apology
7. Structure layout and style (ii) the correct forms of business salutation and closure in letters and the use of pre-ambles in contracts and other documentation. Using the correct tone in correspondence
8. Legalese - common and useful Latin and Norman French words, phrases and meaning
9. Language to avoid – idioms, ‘isms', shall, and/or, - how to précis.
10. Structure, layout,, tone, addendums, appendices
11. Contract drafting (i) – contents, structure, essentials, accuracy
12. Contract drafting (ii) – preambles, warranties, boilerplate clauses
13. Persuasive writing techniques - how to get the court and others to agree with you
14. Use of single sentence paragraphs, and use of colons (:), for impact in written arguments.
15. Use of strong adjectives, verbs and nouns to make your writing more interesting and persuasive
COURSE TERMINOLOGY more
MATERIALS FOR STUDENTS
On-line glossary of vocabulary and phrases.
Access to the archive of past lessons to assist participants review progress and revise.