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LEGAL LESSONS

You do not need a law degree to be a successful Legal Procurement professional, but buying legal services can be quite the challenge. The law has its own language and traditions. There are many complex concepts and nuances. And even if you have a law degree from one jurisdiction, better understanding legal concepts of another jurisdictions will always help. 

Our Legal Lessons series helps close the knowledge gap: learning materials, slides, videos, and timelines on a variety of legal topics and legal systems will help you become a better, more sophisticated buyer of legal services.

Our Members and Friends can access the Legal Lessons videos, slides, and other learning materials in the Buying Legal Toolbox. Click here to log in.

LIST OF LEGAL LESSONS

LEGAL METHOD, SKILLS AND REASONING with Louise Boswell and Tim Sales (CMS UK): Learn how lawyers reason and understand what you should look for when purchasing specific types of legal services.

THINKING LIKE A LAWYER with Prof. Katrina Lee (The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law): Understand what “thinking like a lawyer” means. Get an introduction to the structure of legal analysis (IRAC, CRAC, CREAC) taught in U.S. law schools, and a brief overview of the 3-year law school curriculum in the U.S.

WHAT IS COMMON LAW/CIVIL LAW? with Alexander Deicke (BarclayCard): Get a brief introduction to the history and principles of the world's two major legal systems: Common Law and Civil Law. Learn to distinguish the two systems and what this means for your legal matters.

THE UK COURT SYSTEM with Phillip Taylor MBE (Richmond Green Chambers): Obtain an overview of civil litigation in the UK, including the structure of the courts/CPR (Civil Procedure Rules), Business and Property Courts, as well as the Online Court/ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution). Learn to identify the correct court for your matters.

GDPR with Tracy Weir and Dawn Maruna (Baker Donelson): Learn about the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what businesses need to do to comply with the law.

COMPLIANCE 101 with George Martin (Faegre Baker Daniels) and David Sampsell (Digi): Understand the compliance framework and expectations for good governance, learn about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Trade Compliance, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Reporting.

INTRODUCTION TO U.S. CONTRACT LAW with Stafford Matthews (Dentons): Learn about essential contract elements, offer and acceptance, memoranda of understanding, letters of intent, heads of agreement or term sheets, and other key elements of contract law.

KEY ELEMENTS OF THE M&A PROCESS with Michael Hardy (Duane Morris): Understand the complexity and lawyer personnel and time requirements involved in and unique to an M&A transaction. Recognize what changing circumstances might require additional law firm/lawyer involvement, input, time, and ultimately cost.

ANATOMY OF A U.S. LAWSUIT with Jeff Lamb (Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn): Get a brief introduction to the U.S. justice system and learn about the phases and timing of U.S. civil lawsuits. Understand the scope of discovery in U.S. courts, potential discovery costs, obligations to disclose and preserve physical and electronic evidence, and consequences for failing to do so, and the roles of lawyers, e-discovery vendors and experts.

INTRO TO U.S. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW with Steve Ritchey & Jennifer Visintine (Thompson Coburn): Understand the different types of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, and copyright. See how intellectual property affects your business and understand the value of each type of intellectual property and how to protect it and avoid infringing the rights of others.

INTRO TO U.S. EMPLOYMENT LAW with Jennifer Sandberg (Fisher Phillips): Get an overview of U.S. federal employment law and learn about the importance of a compliance program and audit process for U.S. based entities.