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Often overlooked by contract drafters, the front and back of a contract sets the framework, structures and defines the contract.

With an emphasis on the practical – using sample contract excerpts as examples – this session will focus on what you should include and exclude in these critical sections of a contract. The title, introductory clause, recitals, lead-in, concluding clause, and signature blocks will be explored. Other topics include:

  • Confusing and redundant titles and terminology
  • When and how to effectively use capital letters
  • Appreciating the purpose and use of the front/back sections of a contract
  • Implications of unclear terms and definitions
  • The defined term – “The Agreement”
  • When and how to use a table of contents, and index of defined terms


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.

Group Discounts

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, 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.

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 2 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 2 days notice, a $50 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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Program Details

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Program Details

Date & Time

November 16, 2017
12:00pm – 1:00pm EST



Fee per Delegate

Individual Session
$199 plus HST

Series (5 Sessions)
$895 plus HST

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Session 1

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Legal professionals who regularly interpret, draft or negotiate contracts
  • In-house Counsel
  • Corporate Solicitors
  • Government Counsel
  • Contract managers and administrators
  • Senior Executives and Managers
  • Paralegals
  • Law Clerks

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What past attendees have to say about this program…

“Fantastic presentation. Ken had amazing energy and was as entertaining as he was informative”
S. Kennedy,
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

“Very good practical course & good reminder of drafting points.”

“[Program allows you to] adopt a new approach to contract drafting and avoid pitfalls.” (Oct 2015)

“Ken is a good presenter and clearly very passionate about the topic.”