Friday, 9 December 2011

Engleza juridica/ About contracts

Contracts are a key point during my preparation modules for the International Legal English Certificate (ILEC) and also for courses designed for lawyers or barristers (UK) and solicitors.

One of the activities for legal English courses is to discuss a specific contract, to comment upon its clauses and also to fill in the gaps whenever necessary. Students have to analyze a certain type of contact as compared with a simpler one which has been discussed in class some time earlier. Also they have to match the clauses in the general agreement with the ones in this particular one.

A few tips:
Contracts and agreements are a particular type of writing, so make sure you are familiarized with the typical provisions of a contract. Only then, you should try to apply them in a specific type of contact. In order to do so, it is a very good idea to try to rephrase the clauses into your own words, or to paraphrase them, which is very helpful especially when you interact with your clients.

You can find the typical clauses of a contract here    
In the next legal English article I will have a few  tips on negotiating a contract.

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