Don’t Write Like a Lawyer

Don’t Write Like a Lawyer | Dana Heitz

Of principle importance to the duteous legal practitioner is the abstention from granting preference to esoteric terminology at the expense of concise transmission of the perceived reality. In other words, lawyers shouldn’t let their choice of words get in the way of their arguments. Year after year, this issue confronts law school grads entering the real world and flexing their legal muscles. Baby lawyers—and many seasoned ones—view their degrees as a license, if not an imperative, to churn out hollow chestnuts such as "here and before," "heretofore,” and “notwithstanding,” like it’s their job—as it frequently is.

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