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Legal Drafting: Writing Clearly

Plain English Movement

Cover of Language and the Law by Peter Tiersma

The plain English (or plain language) movement advocates for clear, understandable laws and legal documents. 

To learn more about the movement, try one of these books:

Or check out the websites of one of these plain language advocacy organizations:

Writing Clearly and Readably

Legalese can irritate professors, judges, and fellow lawyers and baffle clients. The resources below can help you write more clearly and readably.