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What you will learn

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The ability to draft clear and effective commercial contracts is an indispensable skill for lawyers and other professionals working in a globalised market.

This course is ideal for a range of professionals – legal and otherwise – seeking the practical skills, knowledge and confidence to understand and draft commercial contracts.

Explore drafting techniques and best practices

Examine the drafting process and outcomes across a broad range of transactions. Identify and contextualise the basic structure and architecture of a commercial agreement, and review the features of good drafting.

Learn the importance of language

Explore the fundamental rules of plain English and categories of contract language as well as nuances of language and legal interpretation.

Understand how to structure complex provisions

Consider the importance of structure and format when drafting a contract. Analyse the elements of complex provisions and explore how to structure them.

Receive feedback from seasoned legal experts

Using your new understanding, you'll learn to apply good practices in contract drafting to deliver appropriate solutions for clients and transactions, including in a cross-border context. Test your ability to identify potential drafting issues and receive indispensable feedback on your work.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Dr Andrew Godwin

Principal Fellow

Andrew is a former partner in an international law firm and has over a decade of experience in the area of contract drafting training. He has trained lawyers in Australia, Asia and Europe. He is also the author of China Lexicon, a critically acclaimed bilingual book that examines Chinese and English legal terminology and concepts.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

The Contract Drafting suite

This suite of Melbourne MicroCerts will provide you with the practical skills, knowledge, and confidence to draft effective commercial contracts that reflect the commercial needs of the parties to a contract. You'll examine key components of the contract drafting process, such as the fundamentals of contract language, how to structure complex contract provisions, and the value of strategic drafting as part of the negotiation process.

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For individuals

To take Contract Drafting Skills as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$1990.00 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Contract Drafting Skills, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.

Pricing on request


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