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The first of two intensive programs, this OsgoodePD course was designed to provide lawyers, contract managers and contract drafters with a comprehensive and disciplined approach to contract drafting. Ken Adams has developed a thoughtful and rigorous curriculum that will benefit both junior and more experienced drafters.

The focus is not on what to include in a contract, but how to express it clearly and effectively.

In this course, Ken Adams will build on the content of his book to provide a comprehensive foundation for contract drafting. This practical one-day course will cover:

  • The benefits of clear drafting
  • Efficient and less efficient contract usages
  • Categories of contract language and how to use them
  • Mastering how to lay out the body of the contract
  • Using defined terms
  • Different kinds of ambiguity and how to avoid them
  • Problematic words and phrases – and what to use instead

Materials for the course will include a copy of Ken Adams’ book, A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (2013, 3rd edition), one of the American Bar Association’s best-sellers. It’s the only book of its kind, and has become a valued resource to the legal profession. Here is what one practitioner has said about Ken’s book:

A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting is filled with practical advice. It certainly fills a need – the vast majority of agreements out there violate the principles Ken Adams states so clearly. Every lawyer who drafts or interprets contracts should have a copy of this book within reach.”

Michael A. Woronoff, Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP


Course Leader

  • Kenneth A. Adams is the leading authority on contract language. His book, A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting is one of the ABA’s best-selling titles and has become an essential resource for contract drafters. He gives public and in-house seminars in the U.S., Canada and internationally, acts as a consultant and expert witness. From 2006 to 2012, Ken was a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he taught the school’s first course on contract drafting. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Ken practiced corporate law at major law firms in the U.S. and Europe. His website and blog are www.adamsdrafting.com.


Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments. Group discounts are available. Please inquire about financial assistance.

Group Discounts for CPD Programs

OsgoodePD offers group rates. Please note these are only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the date, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute a full refund (less $75 administration fee) is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 5 days prior to the program date. No other refund is available.

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Jessica Foster

Program Details

Date & Time

April 26, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Simon Fraser University
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C.

Fee per Delegate

Individual Course
$895 plus HST

Two Course Bundle
$1611 plus HST

CBABC members receive 10% off

Registration for this program is now closed.

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • In-house counsel
  • Business lawyers
  • Corporate solicitors
  • Government counsel
  • Senior executives and managers
  • Contract managers and administrators
  • Law clerks
  • Paralegals

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