What you will learn

Gain contemporary skills and knowledge for your job now.

The ability to draft contracts that achieve key commercial objectives is indispensable for lawyers and other professionals working in a globalised market.

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for a range of professionals – legal and otherwise – seeking the practical skills to draft commercial contracts that add strategic value to contract negotiations.

Understand how contract drafters add value to negotiation processes

Review the features of good contract drafting and learn to identify opportunities for value-added strategic drafting in commercial agreements. You'll build on your existing knowledge of contract language to gain a practical understanding of how to structure contract provisions that can be leveraged during contract negotiations.

Explore best-practice approaches to the drafting of strategic contracts

Analyse real-world examples of contract clauses and identify potential drafting issues related to language, structure, and legal interpretations. You'll explore the relationship between contract drafting and interest-based negotiations, and consider how they combine to deliver outcomes that reflect the commercial interests of the parties to a contract.

Apply what you've learned to a drafting and negotiation strategy

With your new knowledge of strategic contract writing, you'll be guided to develop a drafting and negotiation strategy that delivers appropriate solutions for clients and transactions, including in a cross-border context. You'll structure a complex contract provision that reflects the commercial interests of the party for which you are drafting, and receive valuable feedback on your work.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academics 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 Strategic Contract Drafting and Negotiation as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$1990.00 (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 Strategic Contract Drafting and Negotiation, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.


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