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Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 technology  research  practice

A Research Tip

  • Research & Writing

Absent
Odds are, the only way you used this word before you went to law school was to describe physical absence: I was absent from school that day because I had the flu.

Then, all of a sudden, in 1L you started saying things like absent evidence to the contrary because it made you sound all, like, lawyer-y.

Please revert to your pre-law ways. Without or even in the absence of will strike your non-lawyer readers as normal.

And that’s a good thing.

In a position …
You aren’t in a position to do X, Y, or Z?

Just say I can’t do X, Y or Z, which is more direct and avoids suggestions of awkward body poses.

Indicate
This is an example of three syllables where one or two would suffice: show, say, suggest are all shorter – and actually clearer.

Upon
The lawyer said (pompously): Upon my return to the office …

 Please, just When I return or On my return. Or even When I get back.

Neil Guthrie (@guthrieneil)

One comment on More Awful Lawyerisms

  1. Mark Rieger says:

    You forgot ‘utilize’

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