What is POFP?

Why do lawyers refer to long documents as briefs and
18-year olds as infants? Why do they use so much Latin when so few of their
clients are Ancient Romans? Is it a conspiracy?

Party of the First Part has the answers! Check out the Website for the
Legalese Hall of Shame; a glossary of legal words linked to Adam Freedman's
columns; tips on writing legal documents in plain English; and more!

Monday, July 23, 2007

The Fine Print

The Law Faculty of the University of Cape Town is about to give away valuable trade secrets. In August the university is holding intensive three-day seminars to teach lay people how to decipher legalese; or, at least, the legalese found in commercial contracts. According to South Africa's Independent Online, the course will "focus on the building blocks of legal language: the words, technical expressions, long sentences and complicated structures."

Let's hope the Law Faculty is also teaching its law students how to write in plain English, so that some day in the future consumers don't need a three-day course to read them.