Legal writing: tips and guide
Writing in the first person or the third person Many students forget that when writing a piece of academic writing, whether it is an essay for a law class, a dissertation, a Master of Laws (LLM) thesis or a PhD/SJD/doctoral thesis, they should be writing in an objective and balanced style. There is a term called the ‘academic register’ which means you have to know which style to write in. Typically, you should write in what is called ‘the third person’. That means, don’t use the personal pronoun ‘I’. Instead if writing, ‘I believe that the law must be reformed….’ you ought to write ‘This research will show why the law should be reformed’ or ‘This thesis will examine the reasons why the law should be reformed’. If you have used the first person, don’t worry, we will help you to rephrase that and we will check your document thoroughly to make sure its written in the correct academic register. By the way, your grammar and spellcheck software doesn’t do that.
Attention to detail when writing your thesis requires one quality above all others: attention to detail. Proofreaders who have written and read thousands of pages of academic writing – and their proofreading has been reviewed. They understand that attention to detail is not an option, it’s an essential requirement. They consider if there should be a comma or a full-stop after the title of a text in your footnote; whether you have inserted two full-stops somewhere, when there should only ever be one. At Law Thesis Proofreading we look at every single detail of your writing and check it. We care about your work and we will do our best to ensure that every detail is taken care of.
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