Many Dutch lawyers have clients who are either foreign or conduct business with foreign partners and customers. These include lawyers who are specialised in fields like (international) corporate law, criminal law or international trading law. As a consequence, these lawyers use English on a regular basis.
Legal Language Masters is the bespoke Dutch legal training institute, an innovative new collaboration between Victoria J. Laws and Willem Ezerman. Victoria is a legal language trainer and English translator, and Willem is an English language trainer, translator and owner of FOCUS Juridisch Vertaalbureau.
We are proud to present the Legal English Masters Programme, a new series of Legal English Masterclasses for Dutch legal professionals who work in an international setting.
Based on our experience, we have developed a series of Masterclasses for lawyers who wish to improve their legal English knowledge and skills together with their colleagues. After a personal intake to discuss learning objectives and determine your proficiency level, the group will start with the Legal Language Booster Programme, and then will move on to a selection of Next-level and Top-level Masterclasses. If required, we will insert a Grammar Refresher Course to get everybody at B2 level. All modules are interconnected, which means that you need to take the Grammar Refresher Course before being able to fully appreciate the modules offered in the Next-level and Top-level Masterclasses.
The full programme consists of the following modules:
Legal Language Booster Programme
1. Lost in Translation
2. Cultural Awareness in Comparative Legal Systems
3. English Grammar – General Overview & Legal English
4. Legal English Vocabulary
5. The importance of Word Choice
6. Telephone Contact
7. Letters & E-mails
8. Business Acquisition
9. The Language of Contract, EU & International Contract Law
10. General Terms & Conditions
11. Presentation Technique
11. Writing Legal Blogs
12. The Art of Presentation
13. Cross-border Litigation
14. Negotiating Skills
We believe that learning is something that you do in different stages: you should be exposed to theoretical knowledge, share your experiences, practice with new knowledge and skills in a class-room setting, and experiment in your actual work environment. This is why most of our masterclasses consist of two meetings separated by a 3-week practice period. As we want to deliver the best learning experience, we do a personal intake with everyone to assess your language skill level and discuss your learning ambitions.
The Masterclasses will be offered to accommodate legal eagles specialising in the following legal disciplines:
This means that the Masterclasses will always focus on your subject field.
If you are interested in an in-company programme for yourself and your colleagues, we will be very pleased to discuss your wishes. Please contact us at email@example.com to make an appointment.