Drafting Contracts and Legal Documents English Course Online

Contract and Legal Document Drafting Course

Overview

The course covers the essential basics of writing clear documents and contracts explaining essential basic vocabulary and phrases which are most often used in legal documents including 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 British lawyers, who are now either working in the area of Commercial and Contract Law or are experienced trainers of Law and Legal English.

Course includes

  • 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

Contract and Legal Document Drafting Lesson 1

Parallel writing structures and using the active voice to assist understanding when imposing obligations.

Contract and Legal Document Drafting Lesson 2

Plain English writing techniques for contract drafting, how to use bullet points in contracts, avoiding the word ‘Shall’ in contracts, expressing obligations in the positive instead of negative for greater clarity.

Contract and Legal Document Drafting Lesson 3

The power of punctuation, using restrictive and non-restrictive adjectival clauses, Meaning and use of Hereby, Thereby, Whereby, Herein, Therein, Wherein, etc.

Contract and Legal Document Drafting Lesson 4

The standard structure of a commercial contract, using the recital to outline the background and reasons for the contract, writing the contract using verbs rather than nouns to assist understanding of clauses.

Contract and Legal Document Drafting Lesson 5

The differences in meaning, effect and use of warranties and representations in a contract. How to write and use them plus using warranties as a price adjustment mechanism to protect the client.

Contract and Legal Document Drafting Lesson 6

The differences in meaning, effect and use of covenants, indemnities and third-party guarantees. How to write and use them to ensure the contract achieves its objectives whilst protecting the clients' interests.

Contract and Legal Document Drafting Lesson 7

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

Contract and Legal Document Drafting Lesson 8

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

Contract and Legal Document Drafting Lesson 9

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

Contract and Legal Document Drafting 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).

Contract and Legal Document Drafting Lesson 11

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

Contract and Legal Document Drafting Lesson 12

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

Contract and Legal Document Drafting Lesson 13

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

Contract and Legal Document Drafting Lesson 14

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

Contract and Legal Document Drafting 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

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.

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.

Course prices

Course type Video lessons with a lawyer Homework Video lessons one-to-one with a lawyer Course price

Private

Live one-to-one classes
15 private lessons/60 min Twice/week following each class Yes, 15 private lessons/60 minutes each

$ 800

Group

Live Broadcasts+Homework+ Conversation
15 lessons/60 min Twice/week following each class No, group lessons

$ 350

Pre-recorded

Pre-recorded webinars
15 lessons/60 min Following every lesson No

$ 240

Separate lesson

Pre-recorded lessons
15 lessons/60 min No No

$ 16 each

Free trial lesson

Pre-recorded lessons
1 lesson/60 min No No

Free