Professional profile

Experienced legal writing scholar and language expert Terri LeClercq knows that bad grammar and clumsy writing cost attorneys both money and embarrassment. To help her students and clients avoid those consequences, she emphasizes the path to success–plain, straightforward writing. She taught both writing and editing at the University of Texas School of Law for 23 years encouraging students to be

  • grammatically correct,
  • well organized, and
  • free of ambiguities.

Legal ambiguities bring many attorneys to her door. Dr. LeClercq works with both plaintiff and defense to unravel the complex language of statutes, contracts, cases, and regulations. First operating independently from the client, she analyzes the language and applies the appropriate rules of English syntax.

Clients call on her to turn briefs into persuasive arguments and to reorganize informational documents with a clear design so that readers can easily find what they need. She edited, for instance, an international service agreement covering ships entering U. S. territorial waters; she was also editor of the Federal Judiciary Center’s Model Notices for class-action lawsuits.

In addition to leading seminars, teaching, and consulting, Dr. LeClercq has published over one hundred articles and two major texts that focus on plain language in legal writing. These articles and books offer practical advice for avoiding those common mistakes that writers make while tackling the complexities of the law.

In her books, her editing, and her consulting, she helps you find a style that enhances rather than obscures your message.


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  • Ralph Brill Chair Distinguished Visiting Professor, Chicago Kent School of Law
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Visiting Professor, St. Louis University School of Law
  • Lifetime Achievement Award American Association of Law Schools
  • Distinguished Liberal Arts Graduate
  • Distinguished Alumni, Texas State University

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Praise from the Judiciary

Terri LeClercq has persuaded many of us that attention to prose style is just as important as detail to legal doctrine.”  Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips, Supreme Court of Texas (retired)


“Dr. LeClercq will rid you of the dense, hidebound jargon you were taught in law school, and introduce you to the wonderful world of clarity and brevity.” Mark Weiss, Senior Adminstrative Law Judge


Brevity and directness, which Terri LeClercq advocates, produce the briefs I found most helpful and persuasive in my 25 years on the Supreme Court of Texas.” Joe R. Greenhill


Praise from the Bar

She is competent and solid and consistently comes up with worthwhile suggestions. Her well- written book will help all lawyers improve their writing skills.” Gibson Gayle Jr., Houston


I strongly recommend Expert Legal Writing not only to those attorneys who aren’t sure of a matter of punctuation, sentence structure, or verb agreement, but to all lawyers interested in setting themselves apart by always presenting he best product then can.” Bob Gibbins


Books by Terri LeClercq

Available on Amazon


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