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Legal English - Contracts

Course description

An intensive one day course of legal English aimed at anyone who has to deal professionally   with contracts written in English and would like to understand them better. The main objective of the course is to introduce you to the specifics of legal English, develop your knowledge of commonly used legal vocabulary and improve your ability to understand and interpret the often complex language of contracts.
The course consists of four blocks, each dealing with a specific aspect of contractual English. The two introductory blocks focus on basic vocabulary, types of contracts, contract structure and the stages of a contractual relationship. The two following blocks elaborate on commonly used contractual terms, phrases and clauses with a particular focus on their correct usage. Special attention is paid to mistakes and errors commonly made in contract interpretation. The course is highly interactive and uses authentic legal documents accompanied by practical exercises.

Course objectives

  • to introduce students to basic structures of legal English
  • to develop knowledge of commonly used legal vocabulary
  • to promote correct usage of contractual terms and phrases
  • to enhance the ability to understand and interpret contracts
  • to try the acquired skills in a set of practical exercises based on authentic documents

Developed skills

  • awareness of the special nature of legal language and of possible translation problems
  • mastering basic legal vocabulary
  • correct usage and understanding of frequent legal terms and phrases
  • correct usage and understanding of frequent contract clauses
  • ability to describe and interpret the contents of a contract


  • Introduction to Legal English and the Language of Contracts
    • brief introduction into translating from and into legal English
    • basic contractual vocabulary
    • main contract types and contract structure
    • case study: Power of Attorney
  • Contract Life Cycle
    • stages of contractual relationship and examples of specific instruments
    • case study: Termination clause
  • Understanding and Drafting Contracts I.: Terms and Phrases
    • commonly used contractual vocabulary and grammar structures
    • case study: NDA
  • Understanding and Drafting II.: Clauses
    • standard and specific contractual clauses, their meaning and use
    • case study: Distribution Agreement

Course specifications

Language: English
Czech title: Právnická angličtina - smlouvy
Type: Professionally oriented course
Duration: 1 day (8 teaching hours)
Number of participants: max. 8
Recomended for levels: B1 and higher
Target group: the course is targeted toward professionals without legal qualifications, who work with contracts in English and also toward lawyers who do not often work in English
Place of tuition: client / Threshold Training Associates