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CMN-ON 151 - Legal Research and Writing

Code Start Date Duration Venue Fees
CMN-ON 151 08 August 2021 5 Days Online $ 2450 Registration Form Link
CMN-ON 151 05 September 2021 5 Days Online $ 2450 Registration Form Link
CMN-ON 151 31 October 2021 5 Days Online $ 2450 Registration Form Link
CMN-ON 151 28 November 2021 5 Days Online $ 2450 Registration Form Link
CMN-ON 151 26 December 2021 5 Days Online $ 2450 Registration Form Link


Course Description

Every person, irrespective of their legal status such as a legal associates, a corporate lawyer, or an academician needs to have strong legal research and writing skills. It’s a skill none of lawyers cannot live without!

Lawyers including corporate and commercial legal associates, and advisors cannot provide effective representation unless they master the necessary research skills. At a minimum, lawyers must be able to find and update the constitutional provisions, statutes, regulations, and cases that determine their clients’ rights and obligations. To that end, the legal research component of Legal Research and Writing (hereafter LRW) will introduce participants to core tools and methodologies that will be essential in their present work, as well as in their future law practice. Indeed, without such skills legal associates will have a difficult time satisfying their employers and competing with fellow lawyers in practice.

LRW is a sequenced, interrelated exercises introducing participants to the way lawyers conduct legal research, analyse and frame legal positions, and present their work in writing and in oral argument. Participants actively learn research and writing skills by preparing multiple drafts of memoranda and other legal documents and by becoming familiar with accessing both print and electronic research materials.

LRW introduces participants to the generally accepted modes of legal reasoning: rule-based reasoning, analogical reasoning, and policy reasoning. Participants will learn how lawyers use narrative devices to complement the conventional modes of legal reasoning and make their arguments more persuasive.

Course Objectives

  • Conduct manual legal research
  • Conduct electronic legal research
  • Find, interpret and use various types of legal authorities
  • Demonstrate how to sherardize legal authorities
  • Draft quality legal opinions as a lawyer
  • Sustain a clear and persuasive argument
  • Develop research and writing skills
  • Showing understanding
  • Critical awareness
  • Independent thought
  • Appropriate use of the concepts and sources
  • Formulate original ideas 
  • Develop a clear and coherent framework of analysis
  • Write a legal analysis
  • Demonstrate various types of legal writing
  • Communicate effectively your views in writing

Who Should Attend?

  • Corporate and commercial legal associates
  • Commercial contracts professionals 
  • Members of the procurement team
  • Any other staff member who assists or is involved in preparing legal documentation and contract

Course Details/Schedule

Day 1

  • Nature of Legal Research
  • What is legal research?
  • The distinctive features of legal research 
  • Computer-Assisted Legal Research
  • Objective & purpose of legal research
  • Classification of legal research
  • Approach to research
  • Acknowledging the source
  • Primary Sources
  • Secondary Sources
  • Research methodologies
  • Citation styles
  • References & bibliography

Day 2

  • How to conduct legal research
  • Research design 
  • Refining a research question
  • Resource identification 
  • Searching for relevant materials
  • Legal referencing and citation skills
  • Legal Analysis
  • Updating and Verifying Legal Research

Day 3

  • Principles of Effective Legal Writing
  • Introduction, objectives, and scope of the workshop
  • What is effective legal writing?
  • Techniques to write clearly
  • Structuring your legal analysis
  • Choosing appropriate legal language while avoiding ‘legalese’
  • Effective editing of a legal document
  • Applying the principles to letters, emails and general correspondence

Day 4

  • Best Practices in Drafting a Legal Memorandum
  • Choosing an appropriate heading
  • Describing the background and purpose of the memorandum
  • Framing the legal issues
  • Providing the short answer
  • Statement of the facts
  • Analysis of the issues and how the law applies
  • Conclusions and recommendations in the memorandum
  • Drafting Exercises

Day 5

  • Reviewing and Editing
  • Stages in the writing process
  • Prewriting
  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Evaluating and reviewing the content or substance of the document
  • Determining whether the document is clear, coherent, and complete
  • Editing 
  • Self-editing or editing of others’ work
  • Proofreading
  • Polishing
  • Final copy