Fluent English for Lawyers is a requires tep towards the full ability to work with American clients, their General Counsel and their law departments

Time: Two (2) hours live and sixteen (16) hours on-line.
Cost: No Charge for the Course, although a minimum cost-recovery for materials, space, meals and refreshments will be determined.

Prerequisites: A comfortable and professional working level of English.
Required Resources: The Course is based primarily on proprietary materials and also requires the purchase and use (via on-line review) of : How To Speak, How To Listen by Mortimer J. Adler; The Language of Negotiation by Joan Mulholland, How to Speak Money by Ali Velshi , The Articulate Professional by V.J. Singal, Just Listen by Mark Goulston
Certificate: This course forms 50% of the Advanced Communications Skills for Lawyers Certificate.


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Your English is very good!”
Has anyone ever told you that?

The truth is, no one ever says that to a native English speaker. They would say: “Your reasoning is very persuasive” or “That was an eloquent exposition.”

And that is where we will take you.

No grammar drills, no vocabulary tests.
Instead we teach you a framework of lexical phrases, appropriate collocations, professional sentence frames, interlocking power phrases and discourse markers. And the effective lawyer´s secret: Listening skills.

You will learn a lifetime skill: A process for listening and learning fluency and a system based on how respected lawyers speak. All designed to develop a smooth, persuasive and articulate speaking ability.


Participation is limited to a maximum of twelve (12) lawyers to allow personal interaction.
The live course is followed by an on-line interactive course that expands on the fundamentals from the live session. Completion of the on-line course and exams is mandatory for recognition.



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Juliana describes her experience with courses at the Foreign Counsel Institute

Now I have the key. Now I can create more sophisticated and higher-level relationships with American Corporate Counsels.

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A private group of international attorneys dedicated to giving a significant competitive advantage to foreign lawyers who make the effort to understand the US Corporate Counsel professional and operational paradigm.

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One, quite valuable for distinguishing oneself from our collegial competition.

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Two, certainly enhances the awareness of assumed expectations, and thus improved partnering.

Three, an inside track towards client development of U.S. Corporate lawyers and law departments.

There are no big secrets revealed here, but practical insights, presented in a coherent framework that allows one to see and understand the whole picture.

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My Competitive Advantage

I believe that the client sets the goal, together we agree on the strategy, and the local tactics are my prerogative. But this can bring a tension and risk especially with non-French clients.

Therefore, I enjoy to develop the Institute´s recommended approach.

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I have convinced Clients to trust me with this technique alone.

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