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Plain English for Lawyers (full text )

By Richard C. Wydick

Source: http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2362&context=californialawreview

Note: The Footnotes and Appendixes are omitted.

We lawyers cannot write plain English. We use eight words to say what could be said in two. 10,332 more words

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For the Wordy and Law-Nerdy

My enthusiasm was unexpectedly piqued while studying for the Ontario bar exam. Yes, I know–call me a nerd. Most find the study material incredibly dry (which it certainly is), but I discovered something to keep me focused: vocabulary. 478 more words


Plain English for Lawyers

By Richard C. Wydick

Source: California Law Review, Vol 66, Issue 4, 7-31-1978, pp 727-765

We lawyers cannot write plain English. We use eight words to say what could be said in two. 848 more words

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Sharpening Your Legal Writing Skills

By Scott Wood

Source: http://www.lacba.org/Files/LAL/Vol29No7/2006SG04.pdf

Scott Wood is a clinical professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He offers writ- ing w… 1,826 more words

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Plain English Vocabulary

Tran Nguyen

The table is collected from the following sources:

1. Michèle Asprey, “Plain Language for Layers’, The Federation Press, 4th, 2010, pp 233-240.

2. John Pease,  2,066 more words

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NOTE: The ‘Academic Phrasebank’ was taken from the website of The University of Manchester: http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/sources.htm. But the link no longer exists.

In fact, the document has been updated and now the new version has been available at http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk. 13,316 more words

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Why Ben Bernanke Can’t Refinance His Mortgage

Neil Irwin

The New York Times, OCT. 2, 2014

An employee of a think tank owns a house in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington. He wants to refinance his mortgage, but the bank won’t give him a loan. 633 more words