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Written English for Overseas Lawyers

 

Format:

Training will be conducted on a 1:1, 1:2 or small-group basis over 3-5 days. Course duration: 18-30 hours. The course may also be held on a semi-intensive half-daily basis.

Aims:

The aims of this course are to enable overseas lawyers to draft English legal texts more effectively; to develop an understanding of key aspects of The English Legal System as they apply to common legal documents; to explore the relationship between grammar, syntax, terminology and style in producing legal texts in English; to understand and apply the terminology commonly used in commercial legal documents; to explore the construction of liability under English Law and how this affects the drafting of legal advice and to develop an understanding of the relationship between contractual and tortuous liability.

Legal Subjects & Terminology:

1 Key aspects of The English Legal System and their effect on legal documents
2 The Construction of liability under English Law and its effect on the drafting of legal advice
3 The relationship between contractual and tortuous liability
4 Essential terms in corporate and commercial legal documents

Skills:

1 Reading English Legal Documents: By exploring the legal precepts which lie behind the drafting of English legal documents like opinions, briefing papers, case-notes, memoranda of advice and formal correspondence, delegates will be better able to understand the structure and purpose of such documents.
2 Drafting Legal Texts: By considering some traditionally tricky areas of legal writing for overseas lawyers like tone, register, formal/informal distinctions and general style, the common pitfalls in drafting legal texts can be identified and avoided.
3 Understanding & Using English Legal Terminology: By exploring the meaning and use of key terms used in common legal documents, delegates will be better able to understand and apply such terms to their own written work in English.

Grammar/Syntax:

Issues of grammar/syntax will be addressed on a structured and remedial basis in the context of the various writing exercises undertaken on the course.

Methodology:

Whether conducted on a 1:1 or small-group basis, these courses are highly participative and tailored closely to the needs of each delegate. Activities include intensive reading exercises, discussion/analysis of legal concepts, Q&A on legal topics, formal input, simulations, ad-hoc briefings and written exercises.