Why Legal Needs to Ease Out of Legalese

, Corporate Counsel


Legalese, plain language's mean and cruel stepsister, has no place in the legal department. Or so would argue Joseph Kimble, a legal writing professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

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  • Michae1803

    Great suggestions here. I am sure we can add to them. Sr. Mary St. John taught us in grade school to: (1) spell every word correctly; (2) use commas sparingly; (3) make sure the subject, verb, and object are clear and reasonably close to each other, (4) get rid of any word that is not necessary or clarifying; (5) never make a verb into a noun or an adverb into an adjective; and (6) beware of prepositions. To that I would add: Burn every "which" that you can and replace them with "that" whenever possible.

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