“Drop-in” Legal English Lunch, with Jeff Keiser, JD

“Drop-in” Legal English Lunch, with Jeff Keiser, JD

199.00

(5 customer reviews)

Expert “Drop-in” sessions are open to any lawyer or law firm.  Each session engages participants through activities and examples on a specific theme of legal writing or speaking skills. Practice and feedback throughout the session.

How it Works: Buy 10 sessions for just over €19 each and use them anytime within six months.   Just drop-in when you can or give unused sessions to another lawyer at your firm (contact us for special “all access” pass for your firm). 

These sessions cover all aspects of Legal English, with a focus on excellent writing skills. Discussion is in English with other lawyers, so you should have B2 level or higher to fully participate. Meet us every Wednesday, 12-1:30 p.m. Central Europe Time (CET) and every Thursday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. CET on Zoom and there will be a different theme each week.  Find the list of sessions in the full description.

Price is €199 for 10 session vouchers.  You use one voucher each time you attend. Vouchers last for six months. If purchased by a law firm, vouchers are transferable to other lawyers in the firm.  With Drop-in sessions, lawyers never lose!

Description

Expert “Drop-in” sessions are open to any lawyer or law firm (contact us for special “all access pass” for your law firm).  Each session engages participants through activities and examples on a specific theme of legal writing or speaking skills. You’ll get practice and feedback throughout the 60-minute session and time for specific questions afterwards. 

Drop-in Topics and Schedule for 2020

  • What is excellent legal writing? 16 Sept
  • Know your audience – and answer the question 23 Sept 
  • Legal jargon – friend or foe? 30 Sept 
  • Comparative Legal English issues. 7 Oct
  • How to write an excellent memo – part one 14-15 Oct
  • How to write an excellent memo – part two  21-22 Oct
  • What is excellent legal writing? 28-29 Oct
  • Perfect your Legal Letter writing 4-5 Nov
  • Know your audience – and answer the question  11-12 Nov
  • Being cautious without extra words and phrases 25-26 Nov
  • Legal jargon – friend or foe? 2-3 Dec
  • How to write an excellent memo – part one 9-10 Dec
  • How to write an excellent memo – part two 16-17 Dec
  • IRAC, nonlinear outlining and ‘readerly’ logic 23 Dec
  • Writing a professional e-mail 30-31 Dec

 

Topic Descriptions:

  • What is excellent legal writing? 

Arguably every lawyer can benefit from a short session on the current trends and best practices for excellent legal communication. This fun and lively session covers the 10 best principles or ‘tips’ for strong legal writing. It includes examples of each principle and participants complete short exercises covering the most relevant features of 21st century legal communication. Participants receive an E-book supplement. 

  • Know your audience – and answer the question 

Knowing the audience helps lawyers win cases, listen to clients, and solve problems.  This session covers the ways legal professionals can respond to the needs of their specific audience through the right tone, formality, and cultural-sensitivity. It challenges participants to be mindful of their own positioning, and use writing techniques to create a positive solution for clients.

  • Legal jargon – friend or foe? 

Clients often complain about ‘legalese’ and jargon in various texts, yet most lawyers find it difficult and time-consuming to make texts simpler. And sometimes concepts cannot be easily translated from latin and legal terminology. This session covers the ‘when’ ‘why’ and ‘how’ to use legal jargon by giving cases when a term cannot be changed, exposing the most frequently overused phrases, and simplifying them for readers. Participants receive a PDF Plain Legal English supplement. 

  • Comparative Legal English issues

Lawyers often find difficulty in choosing UK or US English added to the problem of connecting it to their own localized form of English. This can be embarrassing with spelling or word choice errors, and have serious consequences if the law is interpreted incorrectly. This session provides the key differences across the standard and non-standard usage of English, so that when lawyers draft a document it is consistent and responsive to the English of their audience. 

  • How to structure and edit a memo 

One of the most common forms of legal writing is the memorandum. Partners ask associates to complete these very fast and yet without mistake. This session looks at the typical memo structure and ‘flips’ it to focus on headings, navigation, and usage. By the end of this session participants will reduce their editing time, increase their billable time, and ensure the client gets the solution quickly.

  • Perfect your Legal Letter writing 

One of the most common forms of legal writing is the formal letter. Lawyers spend a lot of time on letters without sufficiently persuading or informing the reader. This session covers best practices of letter writing, including finding the perfect structure, cutting and simplifying phrases, and ensuring that your tone helps the letter achieve its purpose. Participants receive a PDF letter template highlighting the best letter-writing practices. 

  • Writing a professional E-mail 

Poor E-mail communication is the #1 complaint from clients about lawyers. This session teaches clear, concise writing principles, including the ‘one sentence paragraph,’ and how to get the right tone, then fix common errors – before clicking ‘send’. Participants rewrite sample emails during the session then receive a PDF E-Mail Checklist and list of proofreading techniques.

5 reviews for “Drop-in” Legal English Lunch, with Jeff Keiser, JD

  1. Archika Dudhwewala

    5

  2. Mohammad Zaid

    Insightful, honest and candid.

  3. Dishti Kaji

    The session was brief and to the point. I enjoyed the interactive nature of the session.

  4. Varsha S. Banta

    I’ve had a chance to attend the sessions on writing legal memos so far. The discussion amongst all those participating was a great source of learning.
    With legal writing, as with other writing, one often interprets situations and contexts through the lens of past experience and current knowledge.
    Interacting with different points of view helped to build on this ongoing exercise.

    Thank you to Jeff and Josh for very incisive sessions.
    Looking forward to the ones to come!

  5. Shreya Singh

    Extremely interesting and engaging classes! Please make the exercises tougher, and add more real work-life samples. Thankyou!

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