Legal Writing Coach – Courses for Law Firms and Corporate Legal Departments

The Advanced Language Institute combines legal and language specialists on teams to guide you quickly through Legal Writing in English. Based on the leading book on Legal Writing and world-renowned workshops of Chris Jensen LL.M, an ALI course team will maximise your accuracy and style while cutting your English editing time by up to 50%.

Half or Full-Day Workshops:

  • Legal Writing Basics: Three Key Skills
  • The Four Step Edit: Memos & Reports
  • Contract Drafting
  • Emailing
  • Persuasive Writing/Pitching
  • Plain English
  • English Usage
  • Argumentation
  • Peer-to-Peer Training
  • Firm Style Guide

For further information and references click here.

* Included in the workshops are 60-page materials banks with self-study exercises based on Chris Jensen’s Legal Writing Coach, 2. ed.

Your Expert Team:

 Chris Jensen, LL.M, JD, MA. – Learning Manager. Chris built Legal Writing Coach through 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 Legal Advisor in the Austrian Ministry of Interior in the area of police and human rights law. Formerly she taught at the University of Vienna and was recently honored as the 2017 “Teacher of the Year” in Law amongst a pool of 170 nominees.  She has an English C2 level and vast knowledge of Austrian and International law. Angelika is co-founder and Senior Partner at ALI, and is 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 advanced drafting skills worldwide.

Advanced Language Insitute is the officially accredited provider in Austria for the world-leading Test of Legal English Skills (TOLES), developed by the Law Society of England and Wales and used by various intitutions and leading firms including Baker McKenzie, PWC, KPMG, and the European Central Bank.

Advanced Language Institute supports the next generation of legal professionals as an official language partner for the European Law Students Association (ELSA).

Contact us now to check availability:

Tel: +43 664 185 45 25 

Email:  admin(at)ali-wien.at

Feedback

Our lawyers found Chris’s legal writing workshop extremely relevant and useful. His interactive and engaging teaching style added to a fantastic learning experience.
A. Hodiwala Rale, Head, Knowledge Management, Trilegal, India

Thanks again for your great, interesting and highly useful presentation last weekend in Berlin! I am already using the materials to write this email.
D. Ragousa, CMS Hasche Sigle, Germany

I enjoyed [Legal Writing Basics: Three Key Skills] immensely. It was not just entertaining and interesting but also extremely useful for my daily work (already today I used something from the workshop). I have already been asked by colleagues from other years to send them the materials. Simply very well done!
Lawyer, CMS Hasche Sigle, Germany

I found Chris’ workshop very relevant to my day-to-day work in English. But not only that. He also inspired me to rethink the texts I draft in other languages.
A. Filipov, partner, Schoenherr, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Your course was a pleasure for us too. We’ve been talking about it ever since we arrived at the office today, and everyone seems to think it was very good and they enjoyed it very much. One common comment was that we got more from this 3.5-hour training than in other 1.5-day trainings on the same topic.
R. Radulescu, Regional Learning & Development Manager, Kinstellar, Bucharest, Romania

As you can gather from the feedback, your slot was fantastically received. We would like to thank you very much and would be especially pleased if you can present again at our next Associates Career Days.
G. von Eisenhart-Rothe, HR Coordinator, CMS Hasche Sigle, Germany

Chris provided our teams with excellent trainings by particularly focusing on several lawyers’ major weakness: the ability to write legal texts in a client-oriented, short, precise and efficient way. The practical examples were extremely helpful and forced me to reconsider my writing style.
C. Moser, partner, Weber, Vienna, Austria

Chris Jensen’s seminar, held in our firm for our associates as part of the DBJ Akademie, was a great contribution; all participants were enthusiastic in their feedback.
W. Brugger, partner, Dorda Brugger Jordis, Vienna, Austria

Chris‘ lessons significantly influence my daily writing work – both the English and the German parts of it!
T. Klopp, lawyer, Freshfields, Hamburg

I attended your legal writing workshop last summer and am currently pursuing my LL.M. at NYU. I am about to finish and submit my master thesis and am going over my draft in an attempt to shorten and sharpen it and I am doing so with your handout in front of me. I have had a whole semester of legal research and writing here and was forced to read several books on this subject, none of which provided such a helpful tool as your annexes [in the Materials Bank]. I am a particular fan of the transition words, since I catch myself being highly repetitive and somewhat uncreative in this regard!
A. Simotta, lawyer, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Heinz, Vienna, Austria

An impressive understanding of the writing challenges our lawyers face.
M. Vojnovic, partner, Schoenherr, Belgrade, Serbia

The feedback was very good, they especially mentioned your dynamic teaching style and the numerous examples.
K. Dvorak, HR Head, CHSH, Vienna, Austria

I have received excellent feedback from my colleagues. Many thanks!
S. Dvorak, partner, Dvorak Hager, Prague, Czech Republic

I am positively surprised how much good advice you could give to us in just about 4 hours. I found the course very useful, not only to my writing in English. It was also very helpful to develop my German writing skills. Thank you.
M. Madany, lawyer, Hule Bachmayr-Heyda Nordberg, Vienna, Austria

The feedback was fantastic.
N. Kogler, administrator, Eisenberger & Herzog, Vienna, Austria

Your session this morning [Three Key Skills] was incredibly insightful.
A. Ng, lawyer Freshfields, Hong Kong

Chris‘ training combined the best features: Great atmosphere, very informative content and excellent hands on exercises. I really enjoyed it!
A. Seling, lawyer, Dorda Brugger Jordis, Vienna, Austria

Chris‘ workshop was a great experience. He understands how to get you to where you are going and leads you in a very professional and also funny manner through the seminar, which was a great contribution to enhancing our legal writing skills.
M. Thom, lawyer, Freshfields, Frankfurt, Germany

We very much enjoyed the courses and learned really a lot. I will make sure that we put the knowledge we learned from you into practice!
P. Jalsovszky, partner, Jalsovszky law firm, Budapest, Hungary

Having been speaking English since the age of two, I was reluctant to believe the course would be of added value. I could not have been more wrong. What I appreciate most are the useful tips and Chris’ ability to immediately detect concealed mistakes in one’s writing. The course is also very helpful for those aiming to become certified court interpreters for the English language.
P. Smolnikar, lawyer, Schoenherr, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Chris‘ course was a pleasure for me. His advice is valuable not only for improving my legal writing in English but also for my daily work as a lawyer.
M. Aryobsei, lawyer, Freshfields, Germany

Mr. Jensen’s well-founded legal knowledge and pedagogical approach are the perfect combination, imparting the knowledge that allows you to make your texts more legible, and helping you to enjoy your daily work.
L. Solek, lawyer, Eisenberger & Herzog, Vienna, Austria

I feel that Chris provides a very good step-by-step breakdown of the proper approach to writing that is lacking from a number of legal writing classes I have taken previously. He walks students through the writing process in a way that is practical and lends itself to routine usage. I appreciate the straightforward nature of the instruction and the examples, which demonstrated how the tools provided can minimize errors. Chris‘ system seems to mirror good writing in that it is concise, effective, yet readily understandable.
M. Thompson, lawyer, Keller and Heckman, Shanghai, China

The feedback from the event in Dusseldorf was really good. We now plan to enrich more of our offices with your courses.
S. Hirsch, HR Manager, Hogan Lovells, Germany

Many thanks for your great contribution to the training session in Tokyo. We enjoyed your unique and informative legal writing session as well.
H. Mihara, partner, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo, Japan

Many thanks for the great trainings on Saturday. Both the associates and attorneys loved it!
B. Kitic, administrator, Maravcevic Vojnovic & Partner, Belgrade, Serbia

The presenter was incredibly nice; great atmosphere.
Lawyer, Transactional Drafting, Dorda Brugger Jordis, Vienna, Austria

The drafting session was very well received. I too was pleased with the session and will run it again.
M. Hill, Asia Learning & Development Manager, Freshfields, Hong Kong

The workshops were great. I have learned a lot of new stuff. Now I have the great opportunity to practice – I have to write a long memo in English. Good that I was at your workshop last week!
J. von Marschall, lawyer, Freshfields, Munich

I don’t think there is anything to be changed. For me personally, it was the right training, taking place at the right time, with the right speaker.
Lawyer, Kinstellar, Sofia, Bulgaria

The contract drafting work was relevant, fast-paced and fun. I wish it had lasted longer.
A. Leyrer, Senior Expert, OMV, Vienna, Austria

I have recommended your training to all my colleagues and friends. It was a great workshop and I have learned a lot of new things.
K. Lamberger, lawyer, PHHV law firm, Vienna, Austria

Chris’s workshop can be useful even for professionals who consider themselves strong in business English – one should never underestimate the benefit of rethinking the basics.
V. Kobe, lawyer, Schoenherr, Ljubljana, Slovenia

A great way to enhance my English legal writing while also saving time doing so.
M. Gottgeisl, lawyer, Eversheds, Vienna, Austria

Chris‘ coaching sessions offer much more than simple English lessons – they give you very practical suggestions on how to improve the way you give legal advice.
E. Skufca, lawyer, Schoenherr, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Outstanding style by simplification – very helpful, not only for your English writing skills.
F. Kremsner, lawyer, Brauneis, Klauser, Praendl, Vienna, Austria

Even if you think that you are already on a really nice level of ‚Juridical English in the best mid-European style,‘ Chris shows you reality in two minutes.
R. Salfenauer, Senior Legal Counsel, Lansky Ganzger & Partner, Vienna, Austria

You know what to say – Chris shows you how to do it: short, concise, and straight to the point, while always using the appropriate tone. What more can a client or business partner ask for?
P. Vargha, lawyer, Lansky Ganzger & Partner, Vienna, Austria

Very good – this is just the sort of training we need more in Tokyo.
Lawyer, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo, Japan

It was interesting even to a native speaker – covered a good range of issues from relatively toxic to complex.
Lawyer, Freshfields, Shanghai, China

The speaker was charismatic and made what could have been a dry subject entertaining.
Hong Kong lawyer in a global firm

Chris’ plain English was easy for me to understand. Excellent speaker who knew the materials and delivered effectively. It helped me identify many bad habits.
Lawyer, Baker & McKenzie, Tokyo, Japan

This training was excellent and needs to be given regularly to all foreign associates so they can learn the important points.
Lawyer, Oh-Ebashi, Tokyo, Japan