A SPECIAL INVITATION:

To all Legal Professionals and Law Students 

 We’re honored to introduce our first guest lecturer for 2021, Prof. Lurene Contento, who will conduct the first 3 workshops in the Practical Legal English series.

Los invitamos a participar en este curso de inglés legal “U.S. Legal System, Interpreting Case Law & Legal English Writing Made Easy  Este curso está diseñado para personas que desean perfeccionar su nivel de inglés legal a la hora de interactuar con clientes extranjeros de habla inglesa.

Es un curso en vivo por Zoom impartido por la profesora Lurene Contento los días 7, 14, 21 y 22 de julio a las 6 PM Hora de Costa Rica.

Enroll now to the Course Called…

“U.S. Legal System, Interpreting Case Law & Legal English Writing Made Easy”

Course is on Wednesday July 7th, 14th and 21st at 6 PM Costa Rica Time. Q&A Call on July 22nd at 6 PM.
Be One of Only 30 Students to Enroll in this Course.   Tuition is US$197

An Opportunity to Understand the U.S. Legal System and how to Commuicate with Foreign Clients and Lawyers.

We’re excited to have our first guest lecturerer of 2021, Prof. Lurene Contento, who will conduct this course in the Practical Legal English series.

It is our goal that in this course you will

  1. Understand how the U.S. legal systems and Civil Litigation functions
  2. Accurately interpret U.S. Case Law
  3. Implement the CREAC system to organize your analysis of a specific legal issue
  4. How to properly communicate with english speaking clients

This will provide you with the tools to be able to  speak, write and negotiate with and on behalf of English speaking clients and collaborate with an international team of attorneys.

Group 1 Modules

This course includes a total of three curriculum modules or classes.
Course is on Wednesday July 7th, 14th and 21st at 6 PM Costa Rica Time.
Q&A Call on July 22nd at 6 PM.
CLASS 1: Intro to U.S. Legal Systems and Civil Litigation
Wednesday July 7th, 2021 at 6 PM Costa Rica Time

Federalism, Separation of Powers, Stare Decisis/Precedent
How a civil case proceeds in the United States – from complaint to appeal

CLASS 2: Reading, Interpreting, and Arguing Case Law
Wednesday July 14th, 2021 at 6 PM Costa Rica Time

The importance of case law in civil law countries
Breaking down a U.S. court opinion
Interplay between statutes and case law
Arguing both sides of an issue

CLASS 3: Legal Writing, Style, and Organization
Wednesday July 21st, 2021 at 6 PM Costa Rica Time

The CREAC paradigm and why it’s useful
Writing in plain language
Writing professional email communications

Q&A Call: Answering student questions
Thursday July 22nd, 2021 at 6 PM Costa Rica Time

Ask your questions related to the course material
Get immediate answers during this Q&A call

Course Materials Included:

  • Access to all three LIVE 2-Hour-Long Classes – One class per week for three weeks.
  • Question & Answer time with Professor – You can interact and ask all the questions you have during class
Course is on Wednesday July 7th, 14th and 21st at 6 PM Costa Rica Time.
Q&A Call on July 22nd at 6 PM.
So don’t wait another minute…

Who is Lurene Contento?

Lurene Contento has worked and taught at…

Prof. Lurene M. Contento J.D. Attorney at Law

I joined Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2019, and teach Legal Writing IV for international LL.M. students and Legal English.

I have extensive experience teaching legal writing, negotiations, and other legal skills to international attorneys and students. Additionally, I have lectured extensively abroad, including in Australia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, and Mexico.

I began my teaching career at the John Marshall Law School in 2001, first as an adjunct professor and later as an assistant professor and director of the Writing Resource Center. As director, I built the center into a professionally staffed resource that held more than 1,500 advising sessions per year. I have personally counseled thousands of students – both J.D. and international LL.M. students.

Before embarking on my teaching career, I was an attorney in the Law Office of Harvey L. Harris PC; areas of practice included divorce, real estate, probate, personal injury, and bankruptcy.

I earned a B.A. in English literature summa cum laude from Loyola University Chicago and was awarded Loyola’s Martin J. Svaglic Literary Excellence Award. I earned my J.D. magna cum laude from the John Marshall Law School. I am licensed to practice law in Illinois.

I was awarded the Global Legal Skills Award in 2017 and the Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Award in 2012. I served as head of the Association of Legal Writing Specialists from 2012 through 2018 and I have chaired or co-chaired committees for the Global Legal Skills Conference Series, the Legal Writing Institute, and the Association of American Law Schools.

From 2015 to 2018 I was on the editorial board of the Scrivener, the newsletter of Scribes: The American Society of Legal Writers. I have written about legal writing and related topics for Scrivener and The Second Draft, published by the Legal Writing Institute, and have presented widely, both domestically and internationally, on legal pedagogy and skills training.

Enroll Now

Course is on Wednesday July 7th, 14th and 21st at 6 PM Costa Rica Time.
Q&A Call on July 22nd at 6 PM.
Maximum 30 Student LIVE Zoom Online Training.
Tuition is US$197

Frequently Asked Questions

I have more questions, can I talk to someone?

Yes! You can use WhatsApp at (+506) 7003-7543 or info@practicallegalenglish.com to reach us. We are happy to answer any questions.

What Level of English do I need to Have ?

This course it taught completely in English and the participant should have an above average knowledge of English in order to fully take advantage of the course content. 

Will I receive a Certificate of Participation

Yes.  We will issue each participant with a certificate of completion.

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