Contract and Legal Document Drafting Course

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COURSE BEGINS

September 19, 2017

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.

THE COURSE INCLUDES Show more

  • Reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises
  • vocabulary quizzes
  • authentic contracts
  • the practical language of contract formation
  • contract drafting practice
  • contract remedies vocabulary
  • glossary with definitions
  • course certificate upon successful completion
  • Discount on Summer School courses

COURSE CONTENTS Show more

Course contents
Contract drafting course - Course contents

lesson 1. Plain English drafting techniques Pt 1 – Using the active voice, avoiding passive voice, the use of the word ‘shall’

lesson 2. Plain English drafting techniques Pt 2. - Avoiding nominalisations, writing obligations in the positive, parallelism in sentence construction for obligations.

Lesson 3. Restrictive and non- restrictive clauses - changes in legal meaning caused by punctuation

Lesson 4 Use of guarantees, warranties, representations, indemnities and covenants Pt 1.

Lesson 5. Use of guarantees, warranties, representations, indemnities and covenants Pt 2.

Lesson six. Liquidated damages clauses, their use and how to write them

Lesson 7. Boilerplate clauses - the most commonly used clauses, their meaning and points to avoid

Lesson 8. Confidentiality clauses and agreements - 11 points to watch out for and to include

Lesson 9. Exclusion and limitation clauses - legal points to remember when drafting these clauses

Lesson 10. Contract Remedies I - Vocabulary to describe the concepts of remedies and the various types of damages and ways of writing demands and requests for remedies(examples: equitable relief, exemplary, mitigation, punitive)

Lesson 11. Conditions and other Contract Terms - Drafting Contract terms. Satisfying contractual conditions. Types of conditions (examples: conditions precedent/subsequent, material adverse change)

Lesson 12. Parol Evidence & Implied Terms - Outside circumstances and implicit terms when interpreting contracts (examples: course of dealing, integration, merchantability)

Lesson 13. Performance - Vocabulary of performance in a contract (examples: frustration, impossibility, perfect tender)

Lesson 14. Structuring clauses in order of importance of information, general advice for planning and writing clauses in the contract

Lesson 15. Termination - Vocabulary relating to the cessation of agreements and clauses and notices of cessation (examples: accord and satisfaction, repudiation, rescission)




Final Examination
Comprehensive test of the vocabulary and skills taught.

COURSE TERMINOLOGY Show more

The course covers 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 which

COURSE DURATION

The course is delivered over an 8 week period by 15 lessons of 45 minutes each, plus a further 15 hours of inter-active home exercises. There is a test at the end of the 8th week to assess contract writing ability.

MATERIALS FOR STUDENTS

On-line texts and materials
On-line exercises.
On-line glossary of vocabulary and phrases.

TEACHER

Richard Brady