Legal Writing MOOC

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Legal Writing Coach:
1.5 Hour Workshops For Associates & Attorneys

The key to good writing is good editing. Yet few lawyers give themselves enough time to edit well. Even fewer use a system when they edit. In this workshop, participants will learn (1) how to leave more time for the edit and (2) a four-step approach for editing longer documents, each step bringing greater refinement.

“Is my structure easy for the reader to follow?” This workshop will help you answer “YES” to that question by posing three questions to always ask yourself about your structure: (1) Is it logical overall? (2) Did I put the conclusion first? (3) Have I used plenty of effective navigation aids?

This workshop offers an intensive treatment of style – the most common problem in legal writing. Lawyers (and clients) know poor style when they see it. The problem is how to fix it. Participants will learn the science behind transforming their style from “legalese” to plain English in two steps: (1) cut words/syllables and (2) simplify sentence structures.

This workshop offers an intensive treatment of legal usage (grammar, punctuation, vocabulary).

Participants take part in three short tests of their ability to spot the most common legal usage errors – from non-parallel constructions to mismatched prepositions to incorrect legal terminology. The workshop concludes with a simple way to avoid inconsistent usage – by far the most common usage mistake.

In this workshop, participants will learn an easy technique for striking the right tone (i.e., formality) in legal correspondence. They will also learn how to communicate with clients in a personal and positive “glass-half-full” tone.

Poor communication is the no. 1 client complaint about lawyers. Emails are easily the most common type of lawyer-client communication. This workshop offers several client-friendly email strategies, including how to structure using “ICRA,” avoid legal jargon, and close with clear next steps. The workshop concludes with email “do’s and don’ts.”

In this workshop for transactional lawyers, participants learn (1) a reasoning technique to map out and draft contract provisions that are clear, simple, and unambiguous and (2) how to spot and fix commonly litigated terms in contracts.

Lawyers must often persuade in writing, be it in a website, a pleading, or a pitch. And in the fight to persuade, how you say it is often more important than what you say. In this workshop, participants receive tools for winning writing, including a punchy style, show, don’t tell, and a reader-focused presentation.

Exclusive for Law firm Partners and Heads of Legal Departments, this 12-hour Masterclass consists of 1.5 hour Legal Writing Coach workshops designed for organizational leaders. 

  • Strategic Messaging: Structure, Style, Tone
  • Speed Editing: Increase Accuracy and Billable Time
  • Advanced Usage: Vocabulary, Grammar, Punctuation
  • Influence & Persuasive Writing Techniques
  • Pitching to Win Clients and Close Deals
  • Ensuring the Writing Skills of Associates and Assistants

Book an appointment to discuss your Partner Level needs Here. 

All associates and attorneys can access our Legal Drafting & Editing MOOC for free and get personalized feedback, self-check quizzes, and a broad range of self-study materials; or for more concentrated topics on highly-specific subjects can purchase access to the Legal Writing Coach Online Resource Center.

Law Firms and Corporate In-House Legal Departments Only. Schedule a Demo Here. 

our Approach to language education

Synergetics uses Applied Linguistics and Hybrid Learning Design science developed by Dr. Josh Lange  over 15 years with leading practitioners and scholars. His research found that 1) language and learning systems are constantly changing, and 2) Content-Specific Interactive Language Coaching is the quickest, most effective way to learn advanced language skills within changing systems. Synergetics (Buckminster Fuller) proposes that the “whole is more than the sum of its parts” and systems are constantly changing. With Synergetics, every course design adapts to each firm, every activity leads towards higher performance, and every learner gains confidence for every potential legal situation.
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Legal Team Training

Power Hour sessions are open to any lawyer or law firm with group sizes from 20-100.  Each session engages participants through activities and examples on a specific theme of legal writing or speaking skills. You’ll get practice and feedback throughout the 60-minute session and time for specific questions afterwards. Choose Any Topic:

  • What is excellent legal writing
  • Legal jargon – friend or foe?
  • Comparative legal writing issues in UK, US, Europe, and Asia
  • Steps to legal negotiation, part one
  • Steps to legal negotiation, part two
  • LinkedIn for lawyers
  • How to write an excellent legal letter
  • Know your audience – and answer the question
  • IRAC, outlining, and readerly logic
  • How to write a professional legal email
  • How to write an excellent memo, part one
  • How to write an excellent memo, part two
  • Writing clear contract provisions
  • Advocacy toolkit
  • Interview/interrogation – how to ask the right questions

Book your topics. times and dates in one click here.  

$250 per session up to 100 participants. 

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These 2-hour workshops for groups up to 20 take a “client-centric” approach to general and advanced English for legal assistants and secretarial staff. The sessions are designed to teach standard phrases when dealing with clients and lawyers from around the World, then trainers work with the team to formulate a series of templates so assistants all speak and write consistently across branches and countries. 

  • Customer Service Mindset
  • Telephoning
  • Video Conferencing
  • Firm-Specific Writing Style
  • Emailing Materials
  • Editing and Proofreading
  • Listening and Note-Taking
  • Positive and Professional speaking Tone

Book your topics, times and dates in one click here.  

250 per session for up to 20 participants. 

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Our coaches are all Certified and Experienced Attorneys with Language Teaching Certificates from the US and UK, and available for private sessions based on individual needs. 

Check out our team profiles on the About page, call or email us, or simply book a free trial lesson in one click here. 

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What we do

Create synergy between lawyers, translators, and editors for a client-focused quick turnaround.

Who we are

Create synergy between lawyers, translators, and editors for a client-focused quick turnaround.

Editing, Testing, Translation

Need a fast, accurate, and professional working translation or highly-detailed legal edit? 

Our team of Bar Certified Attorneys and Legal Linguists combine best-in-class software with a team of subject matter experts and legal writers to prepare documents of various types, including: 

  • Lawyer correspondence
  • Reports
  • Factbooks
  • Presentations
  • Statements and Memos
  • Dissertations
  • Contracts
  • …and more. 

*Note: This service is only available to our Legal Writing Coach or Legal Team clients. 

Call or email us 24/7 or book a live video call in one click here and we will take care of your document immediately.

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Large international firms with multiple offices need consistent style to ensure accurate writing across legal teams.  Our Bar Certified Attorneys and Legal Linguists work together with your Law Firm Partners, Marketing, and Heads of Legal to create a “hands-on” unique style guide within a few hours. 

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Need to know the level of your associates or staff members?  We have created several free Legal English assessments found at https://legalwriting.eu

We also provide the Legal Advanced Writing Skills (LAWS) Certificate to clients who show excellence in US American English for Law.

We are also the official Test of Legal English Skills (TOLES) provider for Austria and the CEE region, the world’s only exam recognized by the Law Society of England and Wales. 

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Client list

Law Firms

Baker & McKenzie (Frankfurt, Moscow, Tokyo) · Bär & Karrer (Zurich) · Beiten Burkhardt (Munich) · Cerha Hempel (Vienna) · CMS DeBacker (Brussels) · CMS Hasche Sigle (Berlin) · CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz (Vienna) · Deacons (Hong Kong) · DLA Piper (Munich) · Dorda (Vienna) · Dvorak Hager & Partners (Prague) · Eisenberger and Herzog (Vienna) · Fangda Partners (Hong Kong) · Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Brussels) · Gleiss Lutz (Stuttgart) · Graf & Pitkowitz (Vienna) · Greenberg Traurig (Berlin) · Hengeler Mueller (Berlin) · Herbert Smith (Hong Kong) · Hogan Lovells (Moscow) · Jankovic, Popovic & Mitic (Belgrade) · Keller and Heckman (Shanghai) · Kinstellar (Bucharest) · Kirkland & Ellis (Munich) · Luther (Cologne) · Menold Bezler (Stuttgart) · Minter Ellison (Hong Kong) · Morrison & Foerster (Hong Kong) · Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (Tokyo) · Noerr (Germany) . Norton Rose Fulbright (London) · Oh-Ebashi (Tokyo) · Paul Hastings (Hong Kong) · Pavlov and Partners/CMS (Sofia) · P+P Pöllath (Berlin) · Raue (Berlin) · RPC/Smyth (Hong Kong) · Schoenherr (Prague) · Skadden (Hong Kong) · Slaughter & May (Hong Kong) · Trilegal (Delhi) · Turkoglu & Celepci (Istanbul) · Weber (Vienna)

Companies

UBS (Germany) · LexisNexis (China) · Uniqa (Vienna) · OMV (Vienna) · Petrom (Bucharest) · Organizations · Austrian Academy of Continuing Legal Education (Anwaltsakademie, Vienna) · Hong Kong Court Interpreters and Translators · Law Society of Hong Kong · Open Society Justice Initiative (Budapest) · TDK (Tokyo) · USAID (Europe-wide)

Universities

Central European University (Budapest) · City University of Hong Kong · London School of Economics · Korea University (Seoul) · Nazarbayev University · Reading University · University of Bucharest · University College London · University of Hong Kong · University of Vienna · Vienna University of Economics and Business

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