Persuasive writing for lawyers Legal English Course

Persuasive writing for lawyers

Overview

Persuasive writing for lawyers is an advanced course of legal writing arming participants with an ability which most lawyers do not possess: the ability to persuade. Persuasion is an essential legal skill but few lawyers have mastered it.

Lawyers often forget that they are also professional writers, paid not only for their legal knowledge but also for their ability to write texts that win cases and arguments. Many lawyers merely list facts and legal authorities without turning them into winning arguments. This is not persuasive writing. At least 70% of a lawyer’s writing will be aimed at persuading judges, tribunals, clients or opponents - but often very little thought goes into the text which they hope will persuade the reader.

Persuasive writing is a skill which can be learnt and gives those who can use it, a big advantage in litigation, negotiation and client handling. It helps to convince judges that the writer's client should win and convinces clients that the lawyer's ability is of the highest standard. Used properly, readers rarely notice that they are being persuaded – merely feeling that the text and arguement makes common sense.

This 10 lesson course covers all the major techniques of writing persuasively. It is delivered in easy to understand lessons, using examples and home tasks for participants to practice the techniques. The course includes writing for use in litigation arguments, negotiation scenarios, and for the general persuasion of clients as well as on behalf of clients. Armed with the knowledge from this course you will be able to deal with, and dismiss, your opponents arguments whilst promoting your own suggestions and ideas. You will gain a clear understanding of how to use the facts and legal authorities to their maximum effect and impact – a unique opportunity, not to be wasted, enabling you to score points, and damage your opponent's case, without even opening your mouth.

Course includes

  1. 10 Live video-conferencing lessons
  2. On-line exercises to test writing ability
  3. On-line exercises to test listening ability
  4. On-line exercises and live discussions to test speaking ability
    style guide of effective words, phrases and writing techniques used in persuasive writing
  5. Authentic situations and documentation
  6. Practice in writing and preparing persuasive texts
  7. Persuasive terminology and vocabulary
  8. A course certificate, following satisfactory performance during the course from the British Legal Centre
  9. Individual feedback to each participant following the end of course exam
  10. 20% Discount on the price of attendance at British Legal Centre’s Summer Schools

Course contents

Persuasive Writing Lesson 1

The course covers the best techniques used in legal writing to persuade others to do what you want them to. What persuasive writing is and the basic structure of persuasive texts.

Persuasive Writing Lesson 2

Using different techniques and vocabulary to persuade.

Persuasive Writing Lesson 3

Effective styles of writing to interest and persuade.

Persuasive Writing Lesson 4

Expressing emotion in texts.

Persuasive Writing Lesson 5

Telling a story to persuade.

Persuasive Writing Lesson 6

Effective grammatical structures which are highly persuasive.

Persuasive Writing Lesson 7

Letter writing to persuade.

Persuasive Writing Lesson 8

Persuasive tricks, styles and practices.

Persuasive Writing Lesson 9

Persuading the court and the tribunal in written texts.

Persuasive Writing Lesson 10

Language styles to avoid.

Course terminology

A 10-unit, video-conferencing, interactive course which deals with the vocabulary, style, grammar and techniques of writing persuasive texts. The course shows how to use strong vocabulary for maximum effect and deals with the best and worst structures and techniques to use when trying to persuade.

Course duration

The course is provided over 10 lessons of 60 minutes duration with a further 7 hours of online interactive self-study and exercises. As some of the other students in the study group will almost certainly be in other cities, and even different Countries, we try to agree a mutually convenient time for all the students in the group. We are happy to time the lessons for the weekends, or public holidays, if this is what the students want.

Materials for students

On-line texts and exercises
Access to the archive of recorded lessons

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
10 private lessons/60 min Twice/week following each class Yes, 10 private lessons/60 minutes each

$ 800

Group

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

$ 350

Pre-recorded

Pre-recorded webinars
10 lessons/60 min Add-on option for US$ 80 No

$ 240

Separate lesson

Pre-recorded lessons
10 lessons/60 min No No

$ 80 each

Free trial lesson

Pre-recorded lessons
1 lesson/60 min No No

Free