An absolutely essential aspect of professionalism for foreign counsel and international lawyers who work with U.S. or American clients and law departments is effective writing

Time: Two (2) hours live and fourteen (14) 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 : Reading Law, The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Justice Antonin Scalia, The Elements of Legal Style by Bryan A Gardner, Thinking Like a Lawyer by Frederick Schauer and Legal Writing in Plain English, A Text with Exercises.
Certificate: This course forms 50% of the Advanced Communications Skills for Lawyers Certificate.


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Good writing is clear thinking made visible.

Professional writing is about more than just effective use of words. It is also concerned with organizing ideas so that they make sense to the reader, and designing documents to make them clear and functional.

Effective writing is a user-driven approach to writing and designing documents. It avoids archaic words, jargon, unnecessary technical expressions and complex language and seeks well-phrased, well-reasoned and well-understood written communication.

But it is not simplistic English. It aims to communicate information in the most efficient and effective way possible while remaining technically correct.

It involves knowing your own style in the use of English, a style that makes the communication of substance more articulate and more effective. It involves analytical prowess, cogent reasoning, logic and and effective persuasion.

This course will guide you to that level of professionalism.


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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