As I said before in our previous post “Top Ten Training Programs for Translators”, one of the keys to growing as a professional is to never stop learning. There’s so much to learn and time is never enough. With that in mind, and drawing on the experience we, at The TR Company, have built throughout the years we have been working with lawyers, we’ve designed the following crash courses:
1. ECONOMICS, FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING FOR LAWYERS
Many of our clients (mostly lawyers, consultants, and other professionals) usually need to write reports analyzing not only the legal and regulatory framework in a given controversy but also the economic and financial aspects involved in assessing loss and determining liability. In this intensive program, we focus on the main concepts of micro and macroeconomics, corporate finances, and accounting, including opportunity cost, productivity, aggregate demand and supply, labor, business cycles, economic growth, unemployment, fiscal policy, GDP, inflation, real versus nominal, competition and market structures, consumers, entrepreneurs, producers, elasticity, price ceilings and floors, profit, supply and demand, roles of government, balance of trade and balance of payments, exchange rates, financial markets, interest, risk and return, saving and investing, income statement, balance sheet, statement of cash flows, and taxes.
2. BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT AT LAW FIRMS
As with the previous course, Economics, Finance and Accounting, in this course we analyze basic business and management concepts, such as marketing (everything about products, prices, channels of distribution, advertising), human resources (including training and development, compensation, hiring and firing, team work), operations and logistics, leadership, organizational structure and culture, entrepreneurship, and strategy among many other interesting topics.
3. QUALITY CONTROL: EDITING AND PROOFREADING TECHNIQUES
Quality control is the backbone of any writing project. At The TR Company we take this stage very seriously. You have to ensure that not only have you chosen fancy terminology and have made your text read well and look good, but it has to be well written, grammatically correct and error-free. Many times drafters spend most of their time researching and don’t devote enough time to reading their texts and detecting mistakes that may ruin your work.
In this course, we’ll explore what proofreading entails and how to do it well. What we mean by editing. How we can check for adherence to a specific register and style, reword for clarity or flow. Finally, we’ll go through correct formatting, design, pagination, table of contents, and cross-references.
4. PROJECT MANAGEMENT. TEAM WORK AND MANAGEMENT SKILLS.
Attorneys rarely work on their own. If you do, trust me, you shouldn’t. There are valuable synergy gains from working with peers.
Because of the increasing array of huge, complex, and technically challenging projects we have to face in today’s marketplace, project management has become a crucial skill. In this course we attempt to provide professionals with tools, techniques, and knowledge to manage their projects and assignments, set objectives and schedules, maintain commitment, communicate effectively, hold people accountable, and avoid common pitfalls.
5. PLAIN ENGLISH AND LEGAL WRITING.
In this course we will go through many of the most practical and useful techniques of plain English applied to legal writing, principles for all legal writing, phrasing sentences, choosing words, and simple methods for continued improvement.
6. SPECIFIC PRACTICE AREAS, SUCH AS INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION.
The legal practice is composed of hundreds of areas of specialization and subdivided into industries. Many law firms claim to specialize in many practice areas, but which specifically? All of them? Global Islamic Finance & Investment? Hatch-Waxman litigation? Just anything? Probably not.
We’ve chosen a few practice areas in which we have in-depth expertise and have designed short courses oriented to studying basic concepts and useful terminology (both in English and in Spanish). These include: international arbitration, contracts, licensing, franchise and distribution, and corporate law, and such industries as climate change, oil and gas, energy and natural resources, electricity, and mining.
7. NEGOTIATING: RESOLVING CONFLICT & REACHING AGREEMENT
Negotiating is part of our daily lives, both professionally and personally.
We know that we have to give in order to receive. And yet, when it comes to negotiating and getting what we want, most of us feel awkward, upset, or frustrated.
In this seminar, we discuss how to come to terms even facing conflicting interests, finding alternatives, communicating effectively, factoring in the emotions involved, and committing to reaching a mutually beneficial arrangement. We also analyze the importance of information and time restraints in the bargaining power of each party.