Legal communication skills

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    A straightforward approach to mastering legal communication

    Language is one of a lawyer's most important working tools.  Legal practitioners must be able to communicate well, whether verbally or in written form.  The impact is broader than grammar – it relates to professionalism, formal tone, how we come across, how we set out documents, everything required of a legal practitioner.

    This course addresses how to present what we want to communicate in an accurate and consistent way, leaving no room for ambiguity.  Mastering the English language will save you time, aggravation, and take your career as a young legal professional to the next level.

    This course consists of four modules which can be taken separately and in any order.  You can also opt to complete the entire course, whether you are upskilling yourself or just in need of a refresher.

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    Who should attend?

    Legal practitioners and all those doing legal work who need to improve their verbal and written communication skills.

    Course Content

    Course content

    Module 1 – Basics of sentences and punctuation

    Part A: Sentences

    • Verbs
    • Subject-verb agreement
    • Subject and predicate
    • Phrases
    • Clauses
    • Simple, compound and complex sentences
    • Sentence errors

    Part B: Punctuation

    • The full stop, question mark and exclamation mark
    • Commas
    • Semicolons and colons
    • The hyphen, dash or en rule
    • Quotation marks/inverted commas
    • Ellipses
    • Apostrophes
    • Parentheses and brackets

    Part C: Provision of answers to test yourself
     

    Module 2 – Parts of speech and capital letters

    Part A: Parts of speech and capital letters

    • Nouns
    • Pronouns
    • Adjectives
    • Articles
    • Verbs
    • Adverbs
    • Conjunctions
    • Prepositions

    Part B: Capitalisation and grammar helps

    • Capital letters
    • Grammar helps
       

    Module 3 – Words

    Part A: Introduction

    • Singular and plural
    • Prefixes and suffixes
    • Commonly confused word combinations
    • Frequently misspelled words
    • Problem pairs
    • Common errors
    • Numbers, dates, and time
    • Dictionaries
    • New words

    Part B: Provision of answers to test yourself
     

    Module 4 – Writing skills

    • Words
    • Sentence length
    • Paragraphs
    • Connections or signposts
    • Legal writing
    • Crisp writing
    • Tautology
    • Plain language
    • Format/presentation
    • Style

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    The logistics

    • Each module is presented over 2 hours, which can either be attended online or by obtaining recordings. 

    • Online lectures are presented in the mornings from 8:00-10:00 and recordings can be viewed at any time during the day.

    • The presentation is accompanied by a comprehensive reference manual, sent in PDF format. 

    • No written assessments will be required to complete any of the modules. 

    • You will receive a certificate of attendance.

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    Our promise

    • Have confidence in your verbal and written communication skills when drafting legal documents, composing emails, liaising with clients, or articulating arguments. 

    • Communicate in a clear and concise manner, ensuring that nothing gets lost in translation. 

    • Reach higher professional standards, while communicating in a way that is easily understood. 

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    • A list of requisite annexures
    • A template for the notice of motion
    • A template for the founding affidavit
    • A template for the supporting affidavit