Legal Writing and Drafting Skills

There is a misconception that legal writing and legal drafting are the same but there is a substantial difference between the two. While legal writing typically deals with persuasive documents such as court briefs and legal letters, legal drafting involves creating documents such as contracts. They are both equally important in legal practice.

Legal writing is an important skill needed in every practice area of law. Words are used to advocate, inform, persuade, and instruct.  Are you giving the right impression? Are your clients receiving the right message?

This course focuses on clear legal writing for a global audience. Effective communication with English-speaking lawyers is about more than simply words. It entails understanding the unique way these speakers think and approach the legal, political, and business world.

Did you know that most international commercial agreements are drafted in English, irrespective of the nationality of the contracting parties. Drafting contract skills is ideal for lawyers working in English as a foreign language who need to draft, explain, or interpret contract clauses written in English. During the course, delegates will look at a wide variety of commercial agreements through practical drafting sessions. This course will help participants to draft confidently and effectively in English regardless of the governing law.

This is a practical course with many exercises and examples to achieve an interactive and stimulating outcome. The course’s activities involve the production of typical workplace legal documents.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply plain English style of writing to all legal documents
  • Recognize the need for legal clarity in different types of legal documents: legal letters, emails, memorandum, and opinions
  • Apply good legal writing practice
  • Demonstrate the register of legal writing
  • Correct common mistakes in legal writing
  • Dispense and deal with pitfalls and issues relating to the use of legal jargon
  • Proofread effectively

Course Methodology

This highly interactive course includes trainer presentations, group activities, working in pairs, individual exercises, discussions, reflection, quizzes, and case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their challenges and share good practice.

Target Audience

This course is for lawyers, legal secretaries, commercial managers, contract managers, and anyone who must draft, amend, or update contracts, legal letters, and legal opinions. The course is suitable for non-native English speakers looking for a better understanding of English legal terms.

Target Competencies

  • Drafting letters
  • Proofreading
  • Writing in plain English
  • Understanding legal terms
  • Legal writing practice

Course Inclusions:

  • Comprehensive learning materials incl. exercise files
  • Post course telephone support
  • ‘Certificate of Attendance’ on completion of the course
  • Light lunch

Deal: 5% discount for two to four participants and 10% discount for 5 and above participants. We also offer virtual learning on WhatsApp and Zoom. Contact us for details.

Training Details




10 am – 4 pm daily


N145,000 per participant.

Acct Name

Adoney Associates Limited

Acct No

4110014604 (Polaris Bank)




Batch A: Aug 24-27, 2021,  Oct 19-22, 2021

Batch B:  Jan 25-28, 2022,  March 22-25, 2022,  June 7-10, 2022

More details

Call: 08023660697, Call/WhatsApp:  07046181186,