Persuasive Legal Writing (One-day Workshop) (PLW101-SP)

This course has been canceled for this semester.

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)
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Written persuasion forms the core of legal advocacy. Learn the basic principles of creating a powerful written legal argument through examples and practice in this one-day workshop. Start by learning the process of composing and understanding the characteristics of potential readers. The course will emphasize conveying the big picture and avoiding the pitfall of over-particularizing. Students will have the opportunity to practice writing their own legal arguments after reading and analyzing case studies provided by the instructor.


Christopher Rathbone

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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