Sounding Like a Lawyer

David E. Sorkin

The John Marshall Law School

March 2008

Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 82, p. 213, 1994

The easiest way for a lawyer to impress clients, judges, and colleagues is simply to sound like a lawyer. Choose formal alternatives in lieu of shorter informal words, and use jargon and Latinisms whenever possible. Aim to fill page limits by saying everything twice or two times, and introduce sentences with empty "throat-clearing" clauses. When running low on space, just cite to authority instead of explaining the point you are trying to make. Sounding like a lawyer can be the easiest way to make an impression on your audience.

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Keywords: legal writing, language, humor

JEL Classification: K10

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Date posted: March 25, 2008  

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Sorkin, David E., Sounding Like a Lawyer (March 2008). Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 82, p. 213, 1994. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1111703

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The John Marshall Law School ( email )
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604
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