Corporate Training

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Approaching Legal English

Approaching Legal English usually takes 48 clock hours, normally divided into 12 weeks, two 2-hour class per week. It is appropriate for lower intermediate to intermediate English level students.

This course is perfect for lawyers who learned English but have been away from it for some time and want to brush up their skills, or for those who just feel the need to develop more language confidence before moving on to harder courses. The course reviews both general conversational English and basic legal and business concepts, and includes an intensive review of English grammar to prepare students for conversation with native speakers and for more advanced work in legal English.

The unique methodology keeps students engaged by reading an American legal fiction book written specifically for the purpose of the course, and discussing it in class while also completing exercises on vocabulary, grammar and writing. The course includes general English language for writing and conversation, working in a law office, dealing with clients and co-workers, ordering in restaurants and booking hotels, as well as specialized legal vocabulary and concepts for dealing with court systems, general civil and criminal law, contract law, property law, corporate law, securities law and intellectual property law. Grammar exercises are also of much significance.

Upon completion, students will feel at home with basic legal terms and vocabulary. The twist of this course is that it can be of much use not only for lawyers but also for specialists supporting legal services, i.e. personal assistants, secretaries, HR staff.

Legal English

Legal English generally lasts for 48 clock hours and is good for intermediate, upper intermediate or advanced level students.

The course is designed to enhance professionals’ understanding of English and American law and legal terminology, with a specific focus on Anglo-American business law concepts that differ from those in Russia. Concentrating on business law terminology, this course willhelp practicing lawyers, advanced law students, legal translators and paralegals to become comfortable in working with English “legalese” and with common law legal concepts, such as English and US trial processes, torts and crimes, contract law, international trade, property law, secured transactions, and business organizations.

The course uses a specially authored course book and exclusive access to supplemental online materials, including videos and excerpts from legal films and documentaries. Classes involve an interactive learning style,often including mock trials, negotiations, mediation exercises and more to enhance students’ reading comprehension, speaking skills, and legal vocabulary.

Legal Writing I

Legal Writing I generally has shorter class hours but more independent work than our other corporate courses. Participants should be prepared for this and motivated with sufficient time to work on their writing outside of class. The course usually runs for 24 clock hours, over a minimum of 12 weeks, but time needed outside of class can be double or triple that. For this reason, the course is only recommended for lawyers with advanced English.

Legal Writing I is devoted to legal reasoning and analytical legal writing. Students will explore differences in writing in English for common law trained readers/versus writing for typical Russian environments. They will learn the parts of a legal memorandum, will practice the basic "IRAC" technique, will study and improve logical organization, sentence and paragraph structure in their legal writing. The course stresses the logic of legal writing and development of legal thinking.

Students will also review conventions of written legal English, including, specifically, completing exercises in topics such as punctuation, using active voice, structuring sentences, organizing paragraphs, and creating logical flow between paragraphs. Students should expect considerable written homework and should expect to be given extensive individualized feedback on their writing from the teacher who is a practicing Western lawyer.

The course also touches on the structure of the legal system and legal organs in the U.S. and England, and familiarizes students with the citation shorthand used to locate and evaluate legal sources in the U.S. and England. However, students in this course do not need any prior knowledge of Western law, since the problems given in class involve writing about Russian law for an American or English boss or client.

Legal Writing II

Lawyers who might be seconded to your Western offices, or whose aim is to study abroad might want to go on to take Legal Writing II (Legal Research), This course is devoted to learning legal research in the American and other common law legal systems, and drafting more complex and adversarial documents based on foreign law. Students will learn the use of the major legal research databases and will be familiarized with American and other Western law reporters, such as those in EU, British or Canadian Law. The course is partially web based with short daily research assignments posted and submitted to the class learning management system Moodle ( Students will also be asked to write short memos, pleadings and other legal documents which will be individually reviewed and commented in writing by the professor.

Language of Contracts

This course generally takes 24 clock hours and is for students at the upper intermediate to advanced level of English. It is aimed at practicing professionals who need a deeper knowledge of Anglo-American contract law and some practical experience dealing with contract terminology and drafting.

The course concentrates mainly on drafting but assumes no prior knowledge of Anglo-American contract law. It follows the chronological order of a doctrinal contract law course moving from formation, through mistakes, terms and functioning, to breach, dispute resolution and remedies. Along the way, the course will also cover the associated terminology and will highlight drafting best practices to ensure that students who do not have extensive drafting experience can take on this challenge in their legal practices. The course will also focus on the language used and how the language impacts the drafting of agreements. Finally, the course will discuss some specific contract clauses, the reason for their use and the ways in which they function in common law governed agreements. Participants will have the opportunity to review clauses they and their colleagues use in the own drafting.

Most assignments will be done in class or at home on the class learning management system. Homework exercises are not designed to take more than one or two hours per week on average.

Negotiations and Negotiations for Lawyers

Unlike Pericles other courses, which are only geared to legal personnel, this course is suitable for combined groups of lawyers and business people. The course is generally 20-24 clock hours. Good understanding of spoken and written English is strongly advisable, although participants with slightly lesser speaking ability can manage, as many of the strategy sessions with negotiating partners may be undertaken in Russian if the employer permits.

This course teaches the theory of negotiation and the skills necessary to become an effective negotiator, first of all analytical, learned through active exercises and simulations. The course introduces participants to negotiation strategy and tactics. It teaches how to prepare, how to identify acceptable negotiated solutions and best alternatives, and how to deal with difficult negotiators. Much of the emphasis can be on international and cross-cultural negotiations if this is what your professionals need for their work.

In Negotiations for Lawyers, emphasis is also on the role of the lawyer as a negotiator, and the lawyer/client relationship in the negotiations process. This is equally useful for transactional lawyers involved in negotiations on a daily basis and for litigators who attempt to negotiate settlements. In courses mixing business persons and lawyers, the business persons will learn how to most effectively work with the legal department for the best outcomes.

The course gives students opportunities to practice and refine their skills in a wide range of real life situations (sales, rental agreements, trade union conflicts, investment transactions, etc.).

This is a practical skills course and its effectiveness depends on home reading and class participation. At home, students will read the theory and absorb some knowledge, in the class they will be listening, thinking, creating and doing.

Transactional Lawyering

This course is generally 36 clock hours and designed to synthesize the knowledge students have gained in doctrinal law courses and develop practical advising skills by applying their knowledge to typical business cross-border transactions.

The course is based on advising a business client from its entry to the new market in a joint venture context, through financial difficulty, to growth. Students will look at the various transactions that the client or the company may encounter. The matters to be addressed may include: non-disclosure/confidentiality agreements, due diligence, risks and structuring, acquisition (share purchase agreements, joint venture/shareholder agreement) and corporate documents for joint venture company, employment agreements and other arrangements with top management, commercial leases for both office and retail space, negotiating a loan agreement with a bank, negotiating an agreement with a private equity investor, acquiring assets or another company to expand the business, dealing with a liquidity crisis, rescue by third parties, restructuring, going public, underwriting agreement, etc.

Success in this course will depend on participation, written assignments, working within teams that will be established for certain sessions. Readings will be handed out from time-to-time in class or electronically.

Individual Tutorials

In addition to corporate courses taught in groups we also offer individual tutorials, usually in Legal English, Legal Writing or both. Depending on the needs of the company and its particular employee our professors can work out a program of studies which will allow to improve their general English oral and written skills, as well as to go deeply into specific areas of legal terminology, i.e. tax, litigation, contracts, etc. Or the classes can otherwise be more relaxed and targeted at development of communication skills. In any case the program will be unique because it will be taught by a native speaker and qualified lawyer at the same time. Some of our professors hold a certification as an English language teacher (TEFL, Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

Tailored Courses

We are often asked about courses tailored to a client’s particular organization. Although we recommend the standard courses that we have developed and that have proven successful for training Russian legal professionals in both law firms and companies, in some instances, Pericles can indeed offer such tailored courses. These are often shortened courses overviewing a subject area or providing a narrow set of skills than our standard courses. Because of the tailoring involved, however, please be aware that these courses are usually more expensive than Pericles’ regular courses, even if they impart less material or involve fewer contact hours. Also the lead time needed for planning such courses can be much higher, depending on the amount of tailoring involved.

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