Legal English Course

Legal English Course

Overview

Most clients will assess your professional ability from your use of professional legal English - This course will help you overcome your legal English problems and expand your general legal skills and your knowledge of Contract, Commercial, Company and Financial Law at the same time.

There are 2 versions of the course. The 1st is the live broadcast course of 15 lessons of 45 minutes each, followed by written home-tasks with individual feedback from the trainer. The 2nd version is provided in a set of 60 recorded videos lasting for around 12 minutes each, followed by inter-active exercises after every lesson. The recorded lessons are for busy lawyers unable to commit to 45 minute lessons at set times and days each week.

Both courses teach legal English, plus a wide range of essential legal soft skills to deal with clients and perform standard legal work.

Both versions of the course will improve the legal vocabulary, legal knowledge and essential skills of written and spoken legal English.

The courses use the topics of Company Law, Contract Law, Banking and Finance Law, Intellectual Property Law and the Law of Debts and Secured transactions in the lessons, one topic at a time. 

The course is for lawyers and law students wishing to improve their legal English skills, for use in their work.

At the end of the Legal English course participants will be able to:

  • communicate legal concepts and information confidently and easily;
  • use legal vocabulary more accurately, concisely and effectively
  • write precise legal texts;
  • participate easily in meetings, telephone calls, conferences, and negotiations;
  • use legal English in discussions and presentations confident in their ability and knowledge.

COURSE INCLUDES

  • interactive listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises;
  • vocabulary quizzes;
  • glossary with definitions;
  • authentic contracts;
  • language of contract formation;
  • contract drafting practice ;
  • the essential legal doctrines of Company Law, Contract Law, Banking and Finance Law, Intellectual Property Law and the Law of Debts and Secured transactions including terminology and vocabulary course certificate upon completion.

 

Course includes

  • interactive listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises;
  • vocabulary quizzes;
  • glossary with definitions;
  • authentic contracts;
  • anguage of contract formation;
  • contract drafting practice ;
  • the essential legal doctirnes of Company Law, Contract Law, Banking and Finance Law, Intellectual Property Law and the Law of Debts and Secured transactions including terminology and vocabulary course certificate upon completion.

Course contents

Legal English Course Lesson 1

Legal English - the language of international lawyers used in legal documents, court and correspondence.

Legal English Course Lesson 2

This lesson covers the sources of legal English, namely Latin, Norman French, old-Norse/Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon, and deals with how the individual words have become incorporated into legal English vocabulary with examples of their use.

Legal English Course Lesson 3

This lesson looks at why legal English is so difficult. After understanding the question, it will be easier for you to study legal English in this course.

Legal English Course Lesson 4

This lesson looks at problem words which have similar spellings or pronunciation to other non-legal words with completely different meanings. It is important to be able to pronounce these words correctly and to understand their legal meaning and their conversational meaning.

Legal English Course Lesson 5

This lesson deals with using the active voice in both your spoken and written legal communication. This lesson helps you speak and write legal English like a native English speaker.

Legal English Course Lesson 6

This lesson deals with the power of punctuation which can change the meaning of the words in a sentence. We will also look at the unintended use of non-restrictive adjectival clauses – where one extra comma changes the legal meaning of a sentence.

Legal English Course Lesson 7

The meaning and use of old-fashioned English such as hereby, thereby, whereby, herewith, therewith, herein, therein, wherein, etc. How to quickly understand their meaning so as to avoid confusion between them.

Legal English Course Lesson 8

More problem words - false friends and similar words with different meanings. More legal words where the conversational meaning is different from the legal meaning and where small changes in spelling give a completely different legal meaning.

Legal English Course Lesson 9

This lesson deals with writing with verbs and avoiding nominalisations (using the nouns for the process, rather than the verb).

Legal English Course Lesson 10

The correct legal meanings of the words 'shall' and 'may' and more precise modern alternatives to use in legal communication.

Legal English Course Lesson 11

Legal Latin Pt 1. The first lesson dealing with the meaning of some of the hundreds of Latin words and expressions used in legal English.

Legal English Course Lesson 12

Legal prepositions Pt 1. Practicing the use of basic prepositions in general legal writing and legal documents.

Legal English Course Lesson 13

The meaning and use of legal vocabulary relating to the formation and management of companies and company law Pt 1.

Legal English Course Lesson 14

Legal word collocations Pt 1. Using two or more legal words to create a phrase with a different meaning from the individual legal words.

Legal English Course Lesson 15

Legal phrasal verbs Pt 1. The meaning and use of some basic legal phrasal verbs (to enter into, to pay out, to rely on, etc).

Legal English Course Lesson 16

The standard structure of an advice letter to a client.

Legal English Course Lesson 17

Vocabulary and techniques to use when comparing and contrasting legal ideas and information for clients and non-lawyers.

Legal English Course Lesson 18

More problem words and false friends. Words which look or sound similar to other legal or conversational vocabulary but which have completely different legal meanings.

Legal English Course Lesson 19

The most popular idiomatic legal phrases and their meanings. These are phrases you will undoubtedly meet in your professional work and the lesson provides the correct legal meaning with examples of how to use them.

Legal English Course Lesson 20

How to summarise legal information to explain a complicated legal point in a simple, understandable way using plain English.

Legal English Course Lesson 21

The legal vocabulary and informal conversational English expressions to use when giving informal legal advice face-to-face to a client, etc.

Legal English Course Lesson 22

Legal Latin Pt 2. The second lesson about the meaning and use of some of the hundreds of Latin words and expressions used in legal English.

Legal English Course Lesson 23

Legal prepositions Pt 2. Practicing the use of more difficult prepositions in legal writing and legal documents.

Legal English Course Lesson 24

The meaning and use of legal vocabulary relating to the formation and management of companies and company law Pt 2.

Legal English Course Lesson 25

Legal word collocations Pt 2. Advanced legal collocations - using two or more legal words to create a different meaning from the individual legal words.

Legal English Course Lesson 26

Legal phrasal verbs Pt 2. The meaning and use of more advanced legal phrasal verbs (subject to, pursuant to, inclusive of, etc).

Legal English Course Lesson 27

The correct structure, tone, and vocabulary to use when writing an inter-office email. How politeness creates distance between employer/employee.

Legal English Course Lesson 28

How to structure and sequence information in written texts and conversation to explain legal ideas and other legal matters to clients and non-lawyers.

Legal English Course Lesson 29

When it is best to use the passive voice in legal writing. How to structure the sentences to concentrate on the result rather than the actor.

Legal English Course Lesson 30

The names, meaning and use of the different clauses used in sales contracts.

Legal English Course Lesson 31

Negotiating agreements. Preparation for and vocabulary of negotiation.

Legal English Course Lesson 32

Legal Latin part 3. The third lesson in the meaning of some of the hundreds of Latin words and expressions used in legal English.

Legal English Course Lesson 33

Legal prepositions Pt 3. Practicing the use of difficult legal prepositions in legal writing and legal documents.

Legal English Course Lesson 34

The vocabulary to use when negotiating. How to prepare for negotiation and how to conduct a successful negotiation.

Legal English Course Lesson 35

Legal word collocations Pt 3. Advanced legal English collocations. Using two or more legal words to create a different meaning from the individual legal words.

Legal English Course Lesson 36

Legal phrasal verbs Pt 3. The meaning and use of more advanced legal phrasal verbs used in contract and legal documents.

Legal English Course Lesson 37

How to structure and order the information in a contract clause. How to write a contract clause from the start, turning an idea into an obligation.

Legal English Course Lesson 38

The meaning and use of vocabulary to describe court orders and court actions in litigation and arbitration.

Legal English Course Lesson 39

Cohesive writing - how to construct your paragraphs so that the ideas flow from one sentence to the next.

Legal English Course Lesson 40

The appropriate legal language to use when interviewing or speaking with clients, including asking questions and giving advice.

Legal English Course Lesson 41

Legal word formation. How to perform adjectives, verbs and nouns from the root of the same legal word. E.g. administer, administration, administrator.

Legal English Course Lesson 42

Legal Latin Pt 4. The fourth lesson in the meaning of some of the hundreds of Latin words and expressions used in legal English.

Legal English Course Lesson 43

Legal prepositions Pt 4. Practicing the use of multi-word legal prepositions in legal writing and legal documents.

Legal English Course Lesson 44

Legal vocabulary Pt 4. The meaning and use of vocabulary of charges, debentures, mortgages, loans and security for loans.

Legal English Course Lesson 45

Legal word collocations Pt 4. Further examples of advanced legal English collocations. Using two or more legal words to create a different meaning from the individual legal words.

Legal English Course Lesson 46

Legal phrasal verbs Pt 4. The meaning and use of further examples of more advanced legal phrasal verbs used in contract and legal documents.

Legal English Course Lesson 47

How to write follow-up correspondence to a client. Tone, vocabulary and structure of the text.

Legal English Course Lesson 48

The standard structure of a commercial contract. What order do you write the clauses in?

Legal English Course Lesson 49

Meaning and use of warranties, representations, covenants in contracts.

Legal English Course Lesson 50

Meaning and use of liquidated damages clauses including when to use them and how to write them.

Legal English Course Lesson 51

The meaning and use of the most popular and frequently used boilerplate clauses in contracts.

Legal English Course Lesson 52

The use of the Present continuous and the Infinitive of verbs in legal English - which tense is the correct one in different situations.

Legal English Course Lesson 53

How to structure sentences to emphasise specific words and pieces of information.

Legal English Course Lesson 54

Legal Latin Pt 5. The fifth lesson in the meaning of some of the hundreds of Latin words and expressions used in legal English.

Legal English Course Lesson 55

Legal prepositions Pt 5. Practicing the use of multi-word legal prepositions in legal writing and legal documents.

Legal English Course Lesson 56

How to structure and write advice memos and emails, including structure, tone and vocabulary.

Legal English Course Lesson 57

How to improve your legal English sentences by avoiding the use of provisos – phrases beginning with the words, 'provided that', 'provided however that' etc.

Legal English Course Lesson 58

How to prepare a court brief – how to prepare the evidence and papers for a court case or arbitration.

Legal English Course Lesson 59

How to give a public presentation on a legal topic. The structure and vocabulary to use to outline the idea and then explain it to the audience.

Legal English Course Lesson 60

60 legal writing and general legal communication tips.

The Legal English course covers both the law and legal vocabulary relating to Contract and Commercial topics, plus IP Law, and Banking and Finance topics.

The course is covered in 15 lessons of 75 minutes duration with a further 15 -20 hours of online interactive self-study with a B L C lawyer-linguist instructor who is assigned as your personal tutor. Broadacst at the rate of 2 lessons each week over the 8 weeks of the course.

On-line textbook, genuine documents and official forms. Access to the archive library of past lessons enabling participants to review progress and revise past course topics.

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/ 45 min Twice/week following each class Yes, 15 private lessons/ 45 minutes each

$ 950

Group

Live Broadcasts+Homework+ Conversation
15 lessons/ 45 min Twice/week following each class No, group lessons

$ 450

Pre-recorded

Pre-recorded webinars
60 lessons/ 10 min Inter-active quiz following each lesson.
Additional exercises with feedback
for US$ 90
No

coming soon

Separate lesson

Pre-recorded lessons
60 lessons/ 10 min Inter-active quiz after each lesson No

coming soon

Free trial lesson

Pre-recorded lessons
1 lesson Inter-active quiz No

Free