The charge that we lawyers cannot write plain English is often supported by the quality of our legal documents. Legal drafting has aspects of complexity and precision not found in the great bulk of writing with which pre-law students are familar. Yet the traditional apprentice method for training competent legal draftsmen has failed "either because the typical young lawyer has been apprenticed to the wrong master or because the law schools have been unable to provide enough competent ones." This lack of a proper emphasis on legal drafting skills in America is demonstrated by the fact that of the four authors of current treatises on legal drafting, only one is an American.
Peter N. Swisher,
Techniques of Legal Drafting: A Survival Manual,
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