Legal English: Essential Skill for Lawyers

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Fluent in English and still not able to understand and draft legal documents? Well, you are not alone! The language used in legal documents and professional interaction among lawyers is difficult to comprehend even for fluent English speakers. Law graduates and young lawyers find it difficult to understand the indirect implications of clauses and technicalities in contracts and agreements because of the way such documents are drafted.

This course will help you understand and draft legal documents. It will acquaint you with the key aspects of legal writing, punctuation, maxims and syntax, such that you are able to draft your own legal documents or e-mails with clarity. You will also find the course beneficial in enhancing your verbal skills and ability to present and negotiate efficiently to other legal practitioners, clients and the jury.

Course Outcome


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand what Legalese is
  • Comprehend how Legal English is different from General English
  • Analyze attributes of, and need for Legal English
  • Introduce yourself to legal words, phrases, maxims, alternative words , common words and confusing words
  • Draft legal letters, memorandum, e-mail and documents
  • Negotiate with Clients

Course Outline

  • Module 1 – Legal English: Principles in Written Communication
  • Module 2 – Drafting Letters, E-mails and Memorandums
  • Module 3 – Drafting Contracts
  • Module 4 – Analyzing Common Contract Clauses
  • Module 5 – Verbal Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Module 6 – Fundamentals of Effective Negotiation
  • Module 7 – Good to know Legal Concepts and Words
  • Certification Exam/ Assessment


  • Lawyers
  • Legal Advisors and Counsels
  • Law Students
  • Other stakeholders interested in familiarising themselves with legal jargons to improve writing and verbal skills.

Level: Beginner

Language : English

Evaluation Method

Learners must attempt the exam at the end of the course and secure at least 50% marks to obtain the course certificate.

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