Online courses tackle legal correspondence and contracts webinars for linguists – July 20 & 27, 2017

Posted on: July 6th, 2017 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar will share her insights on the language of legal correspondence and contracts with linguists via a two-part webinar series this month.

Presented in partnership with, the first session, The Language of Legal Correspondence: Reading and Understanding Legal Communications, will be held July 20 at 10 a.m. to noon.

In this advanced course, Deliscar, founder of Deliscar Professional Corporation, will analyze the structure of legal correspondence to assist legal translators. The webinar is designed for experienced translators who will learn how to draft legal correspondence in their target language(s).

The course will include instruction on: how to effectively frame and organize legal writing; basic grammar and style rules such as using correct grammar to enhance clarity; using plain language; complex language structures in legal documents; the use of the passive voice; reported speech and common collocations in legal discourse; prepositions; and the structuring of pleadings, advice letters, legal opinions, letters-before-action, reports, memorandums, emails and legal briefs.

At the end of the course, attendees will be able to identify the various standard components in legal correspondence.

The second part of the series, The Language of Contracts: Reading and Understanding Contracts, will take place on May 25 at 10 a.m. This two-hour course will dissect the standard clauses and terminology found in contracts, as well as analyze the structure of contracts to assist legal translators.

The course will include instruction on: the language of contracts, reading and understanding contracts and standard contract clauses; effectively using shall, shall not, must and will; words and phrases that don’t belong in legal documents; archaic terms in legal English (hereinafter, therein, etc.) and other terms of reference and word formation; keeping contract provisions readable and clear (reducing average sentence length); how to organize a contract and use definitions effectively; and identifying conditional contract clauses.

At the end of this course, attendees will be able to identify the various standard clauses in a contract.

Each webinar has been approved for two American Translators Association Continuing Education points.

Each two-hour course is US$99, however, special bundle pricing of US$178 is available for early registrants.

Registration links for both courses can be accessed here.


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