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Corporate Document Drafting   

Learn the fundamentals of how to draft various types of transactional documents.

The course will teach you how to write clearly and concisely. You will gain foundational skills for drafting or reviewing legal documents or contracts, as well as grammatical and syntactical principles and draftsmanship.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Learn the fundamentals of how to draft various types of transactional documents.
  1. Reasons for drafting corporate documents
    1. Codify the substance of the transaction so both sides are clear as to the rights, duties and expectations
    2. In the event of a dispute, the intent, rights, duties and expectations to interpreted
  2. Know the client's expectations
    1. Understand the goal
    2. The proposed timing of the transaction
    3. The risk of the transaction
    4. The risk profile of the client
    5. The amount of post-transaction flexibility
  3. Structure of the document
    1. Move from basic to specific information
    2. Have descriptive headers and sub-headers
    3. Identify redundant and repetitive information
    4. Draft document in plain English
  4. Constructing effective sentences to use in drafting
    1. Parallel verbs
    2. Passive voice
    3. Personal pronouns
    4. Redundancies
    5. Superfluous words
  5. How to use words to construct effective sentences
    1. Confusing terms and phrases in drafting
    2. Words commonly misused in legal writing
  6. The use of authoritative words in drafting
  7. Using correct grammar in drafting
  8. Miscellaneous or General Clauses in drafting documents

What you will learn

  • Reasons for drafting corporate documents
  • Understanding the clients goals
  • Structure of the document
  • Constructing effective sentences to use in drafting
  • How to use words to construct effective sentences

How you will benefit

  • Document drafting is a required skill for any legal professional.
  • Anyone entering law school will benefit from the knowledge and principles provided by this course.


Corporate Document Drafting
Fee: $115.00
Dates: 5/1/2022 - 7/31/2022
Delivery Method: Online

This course is offered through our partners at ed2go.  These courses are fun, fast, convenient, easy to use, and led by an expert instructor.  Courses run for six weeks and you have 24/7 access to two lessons each week. Each lesson is accompanied by a short, multiple-choice quiz, and some lessons include hands-on assignments.

You will receive an e-mail with course access information upon completion of your enrollment.

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