Briefwriting Masterclass Program, 2-4 December 2015, Abuja

Guest of Honour: Hon. Justice Ishaq U. Bello
Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory

Day 1- Wednesday 2 December 2015

7.30-8.30 am: Registering and seating participants & distributing materials

8.30-9.00am: Introductions & Networking

9.00-10.30am: The Architecture of Argument- Issues for Determination

10.30-11.00am: Discussion, Questions & Answers

11.00-11.30am: Tea Break

11.30am-12.45pm: Task 1: Study Nobis-Elendu v INEC [2015] 16 NWLR (Part 1485) 197.
• Criticise the lead judgment’s attitude to the issues.
• Faced with the parties’ varying issue formulations, what should have been the Supreme Court’s attitude or approach?
• Using Garner’s deep-issue format, reconstruct the issues.

12.45-1.30pm: Task 1 Presentations

1.30-2.45pm: Lunch

2.45-3.15pm: The Introduction summarizing the brief

3.15-5.00pm: The facts and procedural history

5.00-5.30pm: Discussion, Questions & Answers

Day 2- Thursday 3 December 2015

9.00-10.15am: Task 2: Study Nobis-Elendu v INEC [2015] 16 NWLR (Part 1485) 197.
• Criticize the second paragraph of the lead judgment for its ‘he-said-she-said’ presentation of an aspect of the facts. How should the Supreme Court have introduced that paragraph?
• Criticize both the law reporter’s and the lead judgment’s presentation of the facts and procedural history.
• Recount the facts and procedural history in as interesting a manner as possible.

10.15-11am: Task 2 Presentations

11.00-11.30am: Tea Break

11.30am-1.00pm: The Argument section Part 1

1.00-1.30pm: Discussion, Questions & Answers

1.30-2.45pm: Lunch

2.45-4.00pm: The Argument section Part 2

4.00-4.30pm: Discussion, Questions & Answers

4.30-5.45pm: Task 3: Study Nobis-Elendu v INEC [2015] 16 NWLR (Part 1485) 197.
• Comment on the language, style, and substance of the lead judgment’s analysis on pages 220-225.
• Highlight the rhetorical deficiencies of the lead judgment, especially pages 220-225.

Day 3- Friday 4 December 2015

9.00-9.45am: Task 3 Presentations

9.45-10.15am: Think before you write

10.15-10.45am: Discussion, Questions & Answers

10.45-11.15am: Tea Break

11.15am-12noon: Case Theory, Themes, and Priming

12noon-12.30pm: The Rhetorical Triangle

12.30-1.30pm: Task 4: Study chapter II of Anatomy of a Brief by Chinua Asuzu.
• Why is Wole Soyinka’s Telephone Conversation of any interest or value in advocacy?
• What rhetorical device does Soyinka deploy so effectively in Telephone Conversation?
• What part of your brief can you improve using Soyinka’s technique in Telephone Conversation?
• How does priming help advocates? Explain cognitive conservatism in your own words.

1.30-2.45pm: Lunch

2.45-3.30pm: Task 4 Presentations

3.30-4.00pm: Logic and Clear Thought
4.00-4.30pm: Feedback, Testimonials, Certificates, Group Photos, and Closing

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Enjoy an early-bird discount to Briefwriting Masterclass, 2-4 Dec, Abuja

Enjoy an early-bird N50,000 discount to Briefwriting Masterclass

Register and pay before Saturday 21 November 2015 to take advantage of the early-bird discount. You pay only N100,000. You get N50,000 off.

A brief should be luminous, not voluminous.” – Irvin Taylor

Briefwriting Masterclass is an eclectic treatment of written advocacy. Linguistics, logic, psychology, rhetoric, and semantics combine with law to make this course indisputably nonpareil.

This brief-writing symposium will:

    1. sharpen your analytical skills- you’ll learn to analyze facts, issues, and authorities;
    2. hone your issue-spotting acumen- you’ll learn to identify and diagnose legal issues; and
    3. deepen your precedent-application prowess- you’ll learn to synthesize diverse precedents and apply them to your clients’ advantage.

You will learn how to write winning briefs, submissions, and written addresses.

Just look at the course outline (attached below). Download the course outline here.

When you write as we teach, the judiciary will fall in love with your majestic prose, whilst looking askance at your opponent’s lumpen apologetics.

Dates: Wed 2-Friday 4 Dec 2015
Time: 9am-5pm each day
Venue: Chelsea Hotel, CBD Abuja
Fees: Before 21 Nov, N100,000
From 21 Nov, N150,000

Please pay in advance to The Write House, 0153954433, GTBank.

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• If you deposit cash or cheque, add your name onto the deposit slip and email it to
• Once we confirm your payment, we shall register you and prepare your certificate in advance.

The Write House
Phone +234 803 341 2508, +234 812 236 3614

Brief-writing book, ‘Anatomy of a Brief’, now N3000!

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As one of our contributions to the development of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) in Nigeria, we have reduced the price of our brief-writing book, Anatomy of a Brief , to N3000.

The Write House will make copies available to delegates at the Conference venue, International Conference Centre, Central Area, Abuja.

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