5 Legal Cliches That Could Land You In Hot Water

Law360, Washington (April 8, 2016, 10:38 PM EDT) -- Every dog has its day, but not every cliche has a place in your next filing. Legal writing can be so cliche-ridden that we decided to go the extra mile and bring you another installment of expressions that are as clear as mud.

Although rules are meant to be broken, experts say pausing to swap out an overused phrase may take just two shakes of a lamb’s tail and significantly improve your prose.

“Writers may be tempted to rely on cliches found in their legal research,” said Jennifer Murphy Romig, an instructor at Emory University School of Law. “As a new...

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