Persuasive Legal Writing (One-day Workshop) (PLW101-SU)
- Saturday 10:00-16:30
- Christopher Rathbone
- This workshop does not require any legal background. It does require a high level of English fluency. Several of the students who took the workshop before had no legal background and found the class to be quite useful.
- Tokyo (Maps & Directions)
The power of written persuasion constitutes the core of all legal advocacy. This one-day workshop, taught by a US licensed attorney, reviews the basic principles of creating a strong written legal argument through examples and practice. After first learning the fundamentals of creating a legal cause-of-action, we will turn to the basics of laying out a cohesive, logical line of reasoning for influencing a reader. In the course of reading and analyzing case studies provided by the instructor, students will have the opportunity to practice writing their own legal arguments and develop their skills of written persuasion.
Christopher Rathbone currently works on international transactions with a large Japanese law firm in Tokyo, in addition to being an adjunct professor of Temple University of Japan Law School. He has worked as a legal translator since 2000 and taught classes and provided seminars on legal translation and legal writing for Japanese, Korean, Cambodian and US universities, as well as the Tokyo offices of many top US law firms. Mr. Rathbone graduated with honors from the University of Saskatchewan, earned a JD from the College of Law of the University of Saskatchewan and an LL.M. from Hokkaido University as a Monbusho Scholar. He is admitted as an attorney in Massachusetts.
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