Advanced Legal Writing Certificate Course

This course certifies your ability to write Legal English at an advanced level.

Based on the renowned Legal Writing Coach system developed over 25 years by Chris Jensen, LL.M, the material in this course is refined to substantially increase the writing skills of lawyers, associates, and paralegal staff within the shortest amount of time possible.

The Legal Writing Coach system is taught every year in many major international firms including Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields, Schönherr, CMS.  Taking a LWC workshop can be considered the European ‘gold standard’ for Legal Writing.

Now, the Advanced Language Institute, led by world-renowned language teacher and educationalist Dr. Josh Lange, EdD, has perfected and accredited the LWC system for online and distance learning. We use a ‘micro-learning’ approach so that each activity is between 5-10 minutes and ‘scaffolded’ so each new activity connects perfectly with former activities and leads to a comprehensive mental model for applying knowledge.

We know “time is money.” With the combined approaches of Jensen and Lange, this course is guaranteed to be the fastest, most efficient, and most productive language course ever available to legal professionals – backed up by EU-wide certification (ECTS)  at Masters level and one of the world’s leading firms (XXX).

You will learn:

  • Legal Writing Basics: Three Key Skills (5 hours)
  • The Four Step Edit: Memos & Reports (5 hours)
  • Contract Drafting (5 hours)
  • Emailing (5 hours)
  • Persuasive Writing/Pitching (5 hours)
  • Argumentation (5 hours)

You will produce:

  • A personalized Edit Sheet that makes all your writing consistent high quality
  • Sentences and paragraphs that help all audiences get the content quickly and efficiently
  • Error-free documents and communication
  • Exact statements that are clear and concise
  • The correct level of tone and formality for all legal communications

You will receive: 

  • 30 hours of EU accredited legal writing training from world-leading professionals
  • Targeted content that keeps you fully engaged and can be immediately applied
  • Materials Banks with over 100 pages of specific tips, red flags, and corrections
  • Personalized tutorial and writing feedback from experts
  • Recognition from world-leading law firms confirming your ability

The ALI Advantage:

  • ALI’s Signature Specialist Team
  • Customized to specific firm needs
  • Dedicated Learning Manager
  • Recognized leader in Legal English


Your Specialist Team:

 Chris Jensen, LL.M, JD, MA. – Learning Manager. Chris built the Legal Writing Coach over 25 years of experience and success in the field of Legal Writing and is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in Legal English Writing. Chris has been a member of the California bar since 1992. He holds several legal degrees and an MA in Legal Linguistics. Mr. Jensen has worked as a lawyer in the US and Europe, has held editorships for several Legal English publications, and held lectureships at universities around the world.

Jeff KaiserJeff J. Keiser, JD, BCL, Esq. – Content Specialist. Jeff is a native English speaker and experienced attorney from New Orleans, USA. He has Managed attorneys and paralegals in the Mass Tort Department for America’s leading firms, including massive client services, complex & individual litigation, various marketing programs and research projects, handled Multi District Litigation and was instrumental in litigating major international projects such as the BP Oil Spill and Chinese Drywall cases. He is a lead course designer and workshop provider at ALI in the area of Law as well as certified as a TEFL teacher.

Mag.iur. Angelika Zotter – Content Specialist. Angelika is the Senior Advisor to the Austrian Commissioner for the Austrian Ministry of Interior (Innenministerium) in the area of police and human rights law. Formerly she taught at the University of Vienna and was honored as the 2017 “Teacher of the Year” in Law.  She has an English C2 level and vast knowledge of Austrian and International law. Angelika is a founding Content Specialist and Senior Partner at ALI, well-known for her positive teaching style and personalized coaching methods.

 MA Katerina Lanickova, DELTA – Language Teacher. Katerina holds the highest level qualifications in language teaching and testing from Cambridge University and has taught professionals advanced English in multiple industries including Law, across Europe and the UK. Katerina is an experienced language teacher, trainer, examiner and director of studies. She holds degrees in teaching (Bachelor and Delta) and in American cultural and literary studies (Master).

Dr. Josh Lange, EdD, MA, IDLTM – Language Teacher. Josh holds the highest level qualifications in language teaching from Cambridge University, has held teaching positions in Advanced Writing for top universities worldwide, and is the holder of many accolades including the “International Teaching Excellence Award” conferred by Columbia University and UCL. In addition to earning Human Rights Law qualifications from London School of Economics, Josh was also Chief Editor for an international book on Intellectual Property and has assisted private attorneys and law students with transferable skills and learning skills worldwide.

In addition to personalized courses, workshops, and coaching, ALI is Austria’s only accredited provider of the world-leading TOLES exam, developed with the Law Society of England & Wales. The TOLES is used by organizations worldwide, including: PWC, KPMG, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Baker McKenzie, the European Court of Justice, and the European Central Bank.

The Advanced Language Institute supports the next generation of international legal professionals, demonstrated by our commitment as the Official Language Partner of the European Law Students Association (ELSA).

Not sure if you need the Advanced Legal Writing Certificate?  Take the following 10-minute test and find out.

A lawyer has written the email below. The parts of the email that are bold are not appropriate. Give an alternative to each bold word, or delete a word where appropriate, to create an accurate, formal and professional email.



Subject: Guidance on setting up as a sole trader

Dear Suzanne Cullen

Thank you for your visit at my office on Friday 27 February. as promised , please find under a brief summary of the key points covered during our talk.

You informed to me at our meeting that you wish to set up a new business and that you decided to seek legal advices in order to ensure that you were fulfilling with all the necessary legal requirements and were not in a breach of the law in any way. You stated that your new business will be a bookshop specialising in travel books. We then discussed the options you have when thinking about the most best legal structure for your new venture.

Having considered the matter very carefully, and having requested clarify on certain issues, you decided that the best option for you was to set up as a sole trader. Despite of the fact that a friend of yours had previously adviced you that the foundation of a limited company may be your best option, you decided following our meeting, that you have made the correct decision according to your up-to-date priorities.

As I said at our meeting, there are several issues to bear in mind when setting up as a sole trader. These are as follows:

  • There is no requirement for you to registrate with Companies House.
  • There are no registration subscriptions to pay before you start trading.
  • You will need to notificate the tax authorities (HMRC) that you are starting to trade as a new business. The documents concerning this are attached.
  • Please bear in mind that as a sole trader your own assets are at risk if, for any reason, you are unable to pay the creditors of the business. You may perhaps like to reflect more on this before proceeding .

If you have any additional queries, please feel free to make another appointment at any time. In the meantime, my firm’s bill is enclosed for your attention. I wish you every success in your new venture.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Money, esq.

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