New! Advanced-level online 1.5 hour Legal Writing sessions for busy law firms and corporate in-house teams.
Learn the “best practices” online that our Chambers and Legal500 firm clients receive through our full day workshops every year, ranging from Clear and Concise Legal Style to Contract Drafting and everything between. Each online session engages participants through knowledge and activities using a specific legal writing skill in English. All participants practice and get feedback throughout and can ask specific questions afterwards.
- Relevant topics taught by native-speaker US and UK lawyers who are also certified language teachers
- World-class materials published by LexisNexis and built by the Legal Writing Coach team
- Exclusive entry for Associates and Partners from your firm
- Up to 15 participants per session from any location
- Schedule each session into ‘non-billable’ hours, e.g. lunch or evening
Legal Writing Online Lunch Topics – 1.5 hours – €890
1. Tone in Correspondence: Positive, Personal, Appropriate
In this workshop, participants will learn an easy technique for striking the right tone (i.e., formality) in legal correspondence. They will also learn how to communicate with clients in a personal and positive “glass-half-full” tone.
2. Clear and Concise Legal Style
This workshop offers an intensive treatment of style – the most common problem in legal writing. Lawyers (and clients) know poor style when they see it. The problem is how to fix it. Participants will learn the science behind transforming their style from “legalese” to plain English in two steps: (1) cut words/syllables and (2) simplify sentence structures.
3. Clear Structuring: 5 Key Questions
“Is my structure easy for the reader to follow?” This workshop will help you answer “YES” to that question by posing five questions to always ask yourself about your structure: (1) Is it logical overall? (2) Did I put the conclusion first? (3) Did I follow “ICRA”? (4) Have I used plenty of effective navigation aids? (5) Did I close with clear next steps?
4. Legal Usage: Correct & Consistent
This workshop offers an intensive treatment of legal usage (grammar, punctuation, vocabulary).
Participants take part in three short tests of their ability to spot and correct the most common legal usage errors – from non-parallel constructions to mismatched prepositions to incorrect legal terminology. The workshop concludes with a simple way to avoid inconsistent usage – by far the most common usage mistake.
Poor communication is the no. 1 client complaint about lawyers. Emails are easily the most common type of lawyer-client communication. This workshop offers seven client-friendly email strategies, including how to structure using “ICRA”; edit for clarity and concision; and avoid legal jargon. The workshop concludes with email “do’s and don’ts.”
6. Systematic Self-Editing
The key to good writing is good editing. Yet few lawyers give themselves enough time to edit well. Even fewer use a system when they edit. In this workshop, participants will learn (1) how to leave more time for the edit and (2) a three-step approach for editing longer documents, each step bringing greater refinement.
7. Rule-Based Reasoning for Contracts
Lawyers need to draft and edit clear legal provisions quickly, yet many still write contracts with unnecessary legal jargon and unclear terms. As a result, transactions are slowed, altered, or even cancelled due to drafting errors. In this workshop, participants learn linguistic techniques to quickly ‘deconstruct’ and ‘reconstruct’ existing provisions, write new provisions, minimize potential errors, and clarify whole contracts to any audience. They develop provisions that will result in fast, clear transactions, improve response times, and offer clients readable terms that make all parties happy.
8. Persuasive Legal Writing in Practice
Whether through intense litigation, marketing the firm, or simply convincing a client to take advice – persuasion is paramount to effective legal communication. In this workshop, participants practice the three classical rhetorical writing techniques; understand how biases and fallacies can affect arguments; and cover seven ‘best practices’ to persuade multiple audiences.
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