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10 Legal Phrases Attorneys Need to Stop Using

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Summary: After college and law school, as legal professionals, we should have by now mastered the art of writing compelling prose. In fact, we need to have mastered it, or else our careers could be in jeopardy.
 
10 Legal Phrases Attorneys Need to Stop Using
 
  • Clear and accurate writing is essential to a legal career.
  • In fact, scholars will say that with writing and law, the brief with less used words, will always be the strongest.
  • Continue with this article to see how you can improve your legal writing. 
 
  1. Cliché: a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought

After college and law school, as legal professionals, we should have by now mastered the art of writing compelling prose. In fact, we need to have mastered it, or else our careers could be in jeopardy. How would we take each other seriously in the field if we couldn’t express our thoughts on paper? How could our clients trust us? And yet, we often see legal documentation with flashy language, and unnecessary legal terms, in an attempt to show off one’s vocabulary and boast about their industry knowledge.

We all have a friend that uses big words to sound smart. What is the best way to sound smart? Be concise. The Purdue Owl Writing Lab discusses the benefits of succinct writing:
 
“The goal of concise writing is to use the most effective words. Concise writing does not always have the fewest words, but it always uses the strongest ones. Writers often fill sentences with weak or unnecessary words that can be deleted or replaced. Words and phrases should be deliberately chosen for the work they are doing. Like bad employees, words that don't accomplish enough should be fired. When only the most effective words remain, writing will be far more concise and readable.”

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