We strongly believe that simply being a native English speaker is not a qualification for editing and proofreading a piece of legal writing, such as an LLM, SJD or PhD thesis. Therefore, we do not employ just any native English speaker to edit your thesis.
Our editing and proofreading services are in line with today’s academic standards and we are well aware of what your examiners are looking for when examining your thesis. To ensure high academic standards are in place we only hire law academics to edit and proofread all submissions.
Most proofreaders simply read your work and correct obvious spelling and grammar errors. They have no idea whether your terminology is correct and they will not even notice incorrect word choices. They will take the quickest, easiest route to finishing with your work. Merely returning your work to you quickly does not mean that they have a done a proper job.
On average we have found that each thesis we receive from students contains at least 35 errors on a single page. On average, editing and proofreading a thesis of 60,000 – 100,000 words takes a law professor at least 5 days. This is because our Comprehensive Editing and Proofreading service meets the highest academic and publishing standards.
Many thesis students have re-submitted their work to us after using other proofreading companies who have given their work a ‘light touch’. We notice that other companies make fewer changes and often overlook glaring errors, such as inappropriate word choice, run-on sentences, poor signposting or clumsy and/or ambiguous sentences. This is a clear indication of their light editing and their reliance on simple grammar and spell checks. This type of light editing and proofreading is something you can do yourself—for free—using the MS Word grammar and spelling tool. We charge for a comprehensive editing and proofreading service because we notice problems that software and non-law academics cannot pick up. We care about your work and want to help you present your arguments in the clearest, most concise and cogent way possible.
Most certainly the decision made by your supervisors as to whether to go forward to oral examination or not will be based on a range of factors including your arguments, use of terminology, correct referencing, appropriate language and legal analysis and legal research. The quality of each of these factors can only be reviewed by a law academic. We are the only editing and proofreading site that guarantees your work will be reviewed by law professors.