Plain language writing skills for lawyers 2024


Have you ever wondered why lawyers communicate the way they do? Are you sold on the idea that it doesn’t have to be that way? That you can write both clearly and be legally compliant? If you are ready to make a real change to the way you and your company or firm communicates, then this is the course for you.

This six-week course takes an in-depth look into what effective legal writing really means. You’ll gain theoretical knowledge in communication, legal design, and plain language. You’ll do an in-depth analysis of your own writing and leave the course with a clear understanding of how to improve your writing.

When and where?

  • 2 February to 8 March 2024 (Friday mornings), 9:00 to 10:00 SAST
  • 31 May to 5 July 2024 (Friday mornings), 9:00 to 10:00 SAST
  • 25 October to 29 November 2024 (Friday mornings), 9:00 to 10:00 SAST

You will be required to prepare some work before the course starts, and between modules.

This course will be held remotely, most likely on Zoom

Who will benefit from this course?

If you are sold on clear communication, but not sure where to begin, then this is the course for you. Whether you write consumer-facing communication, business-to-business contracts, policies, or opinions, this course will give you the tools to communicate effectively. A legal background is not essential, but some legal knowledge would be beneficial.


Elizabeth de Stadler and Liezl van Zyl have been working as plain language practitioners for nearly a decade. Elizabeth is a rehabilitated lawyer who uses her linguistic powers for good and inspires lawyers around the world to become the best version of themselves through humour and common sense. Liezl is an information designer who uses information- and UX design principles to bring clarity to complex communication. Together, they have helped many organisations create clear, user-friendly contracts, policies, and terms and conditions.

Annie Burger has been part of the team for three years now and is just completing her PhD in plain language. Who better to share the theory of plain language!

All three facilitators have extensive experience in teaching what they learn – having lectured at tertiary level.

How much?

R2, 650 per person


A certificate of attendance from UCT will be issued to those who attend the entire course.

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Contact Details
Contact Person:
Don Coue
Contact Email:
don.coue [at]
Course Details
Course Duration:
6 sessions
Course Delivery Method:

E-learning E-learning

R2,650 per person
Course Fee Includes:
All course informaiton.





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