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  • This foundational workshop addresses the three skills partners would most like to see improved in associates’ legal writing in English. Participants begin by learning a technique for striking the right tone in legal correspondence. They then take part in a usage competition, with sentences from practice that test their ability to spot the most common legal vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation errors – followed by practical tips on how to avoid/correct them. Finally, participants learn how to cut their way to better style.
  • Based on the bestselling book by Chris Jensen, LL.M the "Legal Writing Coach" published by LexisNexis, this Handbook covers the Three Key Skills of excellent legal drafting and gives detailed usage tips, tricks, and techniques along with practice exercises.  Solve most of your drafting problems by referring to this simple and easy-to-use guide appropriate for all lawyers and jurisdictions.
  • In this workshop, participants will learn a four-step approach for editing longer non-transactional documents (memos, reports, prospectuses, etc.), each step bringing greater refinement. Participants will learn how to transform their work by systematically editing for structure, two aspects of style, and usage (grammar, punctuation, legal vocabulary). Participants also receive a handy four-step editing checklist.
  • Based on the bestselling book by Chris Jensen, LL.M the "Legal Writing Coach" published by LexisNexis, this Handbook covers the Four-Steps of excellent legal editing and gives detailed usage tips, tricks, and techniques along with practice exercises.  Solve most of your editing problems by referring to this simple and easy-to-use guide appropriate for all lawyers and jurisdictions.
  • Poor communication is the no. 1 client complaint about lawyers. Emails are easily the most common type of lawyer-client communication. This interactive workshop begins with 10 client-friendly email strategies, including how to structure using “ICRA“; close with clear next steps; edit for clarity and concision; and strike an appropriate, positive tone. Participants then break into groups and apply the 10 strategies to emails from practice. The workshop concludes with email “do’s and don’ts,“ including a handy checklist for each participant.
  • Clearly drafted contracts facilitate the transaction. They are easier to understand and negotiate, less likely to have mistakes, and less open to competing interpretations. In this interactive workshop, participants learn (1) a reasoning technique to logically map out contract provisions that achieve the intended result; (2) strategies for drafting clear, concise provisions; and (3) common drafting errors and litigated terms. Throughout the workshop, participants review and edit excerpts from transactional documents from practice.
  • This Master Class is equivalent to a post-graduate university certificate. Taught by legal practitioners and developed by master legal linguists, every associate will be an expert legal writer after taking these sessions.
    • Master legal writing with live support and feedback
    • All four core Legal Writing Coach workshops
    • All four 60-page Handbooks included
    • Flexible booking for each workshop
  • These courses are tailored to your practice area, whether you work in private practice, in-house or for an institution. The courses will enable you to be more effective in oral and written communication and improve your listening and reading skills. Watch Alan teach live here

     
  • Choose two of the Legal Writing Coach workshops for a full-day course at your company or firm.
    • Three Key Skills of Drafting
    • Four-Step Editing
    • Contract Drafting
    • Emailing
    More information about each workshop can be found by clicking here. (Flight and accommodation need to be provided by firm. Restrictions apply. Please contact us at +43 664 185 4525 in Europe or +91 843 354 0164 in Asia for more details.)
  • 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!
  • New! Advanced-level online 3.5 hour workshop for telephoning and emailing in English.  The difference between a good law firm and a great international law firm is more than cases won or money earned – it is the relationship with clients. Secretaries and legal assistants need to have exceptional customer service skills in English and use phrases that create positive feelings in clients and colleagues. This workshop teaches language through a ‘customer-service mindset’, reviews key phrases, and leads participants to create unique email and telephoning templates for their firm. By the end of this session, staff are consistent in speech and text whether it is a simple out-of-the-office message or dealing with complex discussions with clients and colleagues.