Legal Writing and Contract Drafting

Course Code: PLW101-WS
Semester: Summer Day: Sat Time: 10:00-16:30 Hours: 6 Sessions: 1 Start Date: 2022/8/20 End Date: 2022/8/20 Elective certificate: Legal Assistant Studies Medium of Instruction: English Prerequisites: This workshop does not require any legal background. It does require a high level of English fluency. Several of the students who took the workshop before had no legal background and found the class to be quite useful. Location: Tokyo

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Course Description

This workshop offers guidance and instruction to those new to legal writing in English, including drafting legal documents such as contracts and professional correspondence. The goal will be “to write in a bold, clear, powerful way.” (Garner, 2001). This practical workshop is for lawyers, paralegals, legal secretaries, legal translators, company legal department employees, and anyone involved with or interested in law, who wishes to better understand, conceptualize, and communicate in written legal English.


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Christopher Rathbone

Instructor Biography

Christopher Rathbone currently works on international transactions with a large Japanese law firm in Tokyo, in addition to being an adjunct professor of Temple University of Japan Law School. He has worked as a legal translator since 2000 and taught classes and provided seminars on legal translation and legal writing for Japanese, Korean, Cambodian and US universities, as well as the Tokyo offices of many top US law firms. Mr. Rathbone graduated with honors from the University of Saskatchewan, earned a JD from the College of Law of the University of Saskatchewan and an LL.M. from Hokkaido University as a Monbusho Scholar. He is admitted as an attorney in Massachusetts.