Lawyers and other professionals write for a living. We continuously strive to improve our writing skills. Whether we are writing to a client, another lawyer, or a decision maker, or we are drafting a contract, me must write clearly and effectively. This program presents some twenty rules for effective writing. These rules apply to all those for whom writing is a necessary skill.

The simple rules include avoiding the passive voice and misplaced modifiers, using short sentences and paragraphs, and more. For the young writer, these rules will be of great help in improving your writing. For the more experienced writer, it never hurts to remind yourself of these basic rules. As you will see from the materials used in the program, many of these rules apply to writing in English as well as in Chinese.


8:45 Registration

9:00 Session Starts

11:00 Session Ends


  • Prof. Larry Foster

    Prof. Larry Foster

    Professor Foster reads and speaks Chinese. He is a Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Hawaii. He has taught legal writing for over twenty years in the U.S. and has provided training programs on legal writing for young lawyers at law firms and companies in China for over ten years. He is a former Senior Counsel at the Zhong Lun law firm in Shanghai, been a lawyer and a law professor in the U.S. for well over thirty years, and taught for several years at Beijing University’s Transnational Law School in Shenzhen. His most recent book, China Law Reader, introduces Chinese for legal purposes (the vocabulary, style, and grammar of legal Chinese) to those who are learning Chinese and want to work with Chinese language legal materials.

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Please note that half-day training vouchers (training credits) are not accepted for this session. 

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Member Price RMB 700
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Standard Price RMB 700
Non-Member Ticket
Standard Price RMB 800


  • All registrations shall be made online before the session. For full-day sessions, payment also shall be made before the session.
  • For half-day sessions, AmCham Shanghai members are eligible to attend free of charge with Training Credit*; AmCham Shanghai members without Training Credit are eligible to attend at “Member Rate”; Employees who work at AmCham Shanghai member companies are eligible to attend at "Employee Rate".
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  • Limited spaces are available and attendance will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Members please bring your membership card and non-members bring your business card upon check-in at the training session.
Walk-in and Cancellation Policy
  • This session requires confirmation of attendance in advance. If you attend this session without prior registration, you will be charged an RMB50 "walk-in" fee as member and RMB100 as employee.
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