Achieving Clarity: Eight Data-Driven Tips for Legal Communication

Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 91, No. 9, p. 50, September 2012

2 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2012 Last revised: 20 Sep 2012

Christopher R. Trudeau

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Date Written: August 1, 2012

Abstract

This article includes eight data-driven tips that all lawyers should consider when communicating with clients or the public. After all, the goal of such communications should be communicating information clearly so that non-lawyers can understand and act accordingly. The data supporting these tips is from a study the author conducted in 2011 on the public's preferences for legal communication. This was one of the first studies of its kind, so while the tips here are not novel, this is the first time they have been supported by quantitative data.

Keywords: plain English, plain language, clarity, clear writing, clear drafting, legal writing, legal drafting, client communication, law practice, consumer literacy, consumer, client-focused, client-oriented, client-based, language, style, empirical, quantitative

Suggested Citation

Trudeau, Christopher R., Achieving Clarity: Eight Data-Driven Tips for Legal Communication (August 1, 2012). Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 91, No. 9, p. 50, September 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2148628

Christopher R. Trudeau (Contact Author)

Thomas M. Cooley Law School ( email )

300 S. Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 13038
Lansing, MI 48901
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.cooley.edu/faculty/trudeau.html

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