Contract and Legal Document Drafting Course
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 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 more
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
Comprehensive test of the vocabulary and skills taught.
COURSE TERMINOLOGY more
MATERIALS FOR STUDENTS
On-line glossary of vocabulary and phrases.