How Grammarly improved my legal writing by 110% in 11 weeks


Over 90% of a lawyer’s duties involve writing. For that fact, I find it very necessary for lawyers and law students to use different tools to enhance their legal writing.

The best free and simple to use tool which works perfectly when it comes to legal writing is Grammarly

Today I’m going to show you why you need Grammarly on your legal writing and other correspondences.

In fact, Grammarly helped me to improve my legal writing by 110% in 11 weeks.

Let’s find out how.

What is Grammarly?

Grammarly is a writing assistant tool that helps a user to write anything correctly by checking the spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, grammar, and any writing mistakes to make your writing more clearly, understandable and impressive.

Grammarly for lawyers

Grammarly may help lawyers and law students to archive  Grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and professional tone in legal writing when writing their legal opinion, written submissions, drafting legal documents like plaint, a written statement of defense, official letters,  dissertations, different class assignments, etc.

Through Grammarly, a lawyer may display authoritativeness, credibility, and expertise in his legal drafting and writings works.

Why and How lawyers can Grammarly for legal writing

A lawyer must create a Grammarly account to enjoy its features. Registration for Grammarly is 100% free. And you will use all basic features freely for a lifetime.

The following are the things that improved my legal writing by 110% in 11 weeks with Grammarly

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It proof reed your writing and corrects 99% of writing mistakes.

As humans, we can’t avoid making mistakes. But this powerful artificial intelligence (AI) tool can help you identify all the mistakes immediately after you made them in your writing.

Grammarly shows you all corrections you need to make in your writing for several types of errors, including contextual spelling, grammar, punctuation, style, and sentence structure.

You can correct the mistake by clicking on an underlined word, and select options from a drop-down menu to replace it.

If none of the given options are correct, you can type in a new word. You can also tell the software to ignore what it thinks is a mistake.

The image below shows it clearly.

how Grammarly works

Grammarly Browser add-on

Grammarly has a simple to install add-on/ extension on your browser which will help you in all writing online like emails, social media posts, writing on Google docs, blog, online filling system, etc.

This add-on is available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers.

The Grammarly add-on is 100% free for your use and simple to add.

The image below shows what you can do with your Grammarly add-on.

Grammarly add-on, Grammarly chrome extension

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Grammarly Online text editor

With the Grammarly online text editor, you can go to your Grammarly account and upload your text or start to compose from there.

This is the best part of this tool for you. Imagine you have already written your submission and before printing it out you go on Grammarly and paste the texts to checks for all writing mistakes or;

As a student, you paste your assignment on Grammarly online text editor before submitting it to your lecturer.

That’s smart.

After sign up, You can easily access your Grammarly online text editor from your browser add-on.  From there, you click new document or ‘my account’ to write or upload your texts.

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Grammarly keyboard

This is exclusive to mobile users.

Sometimes as a lawyer, you will just wish to do some of your writing on your phone, like replying to the client’s email, taking notes, planning your tasks, etc. Grammarly keyboard will enable you to enjoy all Grammarly functions without the hassle of being in front of your laptop or desktop.

Grammarly keyboard is 100% free and simple to use. It is suitable for all smartphones.

how to install Grammarly keyboard

How to get Grammarly keyboard

To exclusively get Grammarly keyboard on your phone

  1. Sign up for Grammarly for free
  2. On your account dashboard, go to apps
  3. See Grammarly keyboard and Click install

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Grammarly for Microsoft Office

As a lawyer, I do over 95% of my legal writing by using Microsoft office. I have improved my legal writing for 110 by installing Grammarly on my Microsoft word and start enjoying the process.

Grammarly for Microsoft Office is 100% free.

Grammarly for Microsoft Office

How to install Grammarly for Microsoft office

How to install Grammarly for Microsoft office

To integrate/install Grammarly for Microsoft office on your computer and use it, do the following;

  1. Sign up for Grammarly for free
  2. On your account dashboard, go to apps
  3. See Grammarly for Microsoft Office and Click install
  4. Wait for the installation wizard to do the needful
  5. After installation, you will need to restart your computer for the change to take effect.
  6. Soon after the restart, go to Microsoft Word and the Grammarly setup will pop up (in case no pop pup check the setup in the downloads file or search it on your computer then click it.)
  7. Click install
  8. After installation, you have to sign in to your Grammarly account and connect it with your Microsoft word.
    After that, Grammarly will start to check for any documents that you will open or create with Microsoft word.
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Grammarly for windows and mac

This is just a simple Grammarly app that you can easily install on your windows computer and Edit existing documents or start writing new ones with Grammarly’s convenient desktop app.

You don’t need to be a tech guy to install and use this app. The easy-to-use setup wizard will guide you, and everything and the process will feel just 100% automatic.

After installation, you can drag the file you want to check for your writing mistake and proofread it to the app.

How to install Grammarly for windows and mac

  1. Sign up for Grammarly for free
  2. On your account dashboard, go to apps
  3. See Grammarly for windows/mac and Click install

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The shortcoming of Grammarly in legal writing

Although it helped me to improve my legal writing over 100% I have seen the major shortcomings of Grammarly for lawyers is that;  Grammarly does not recognize all legal terms especially Latin maxims and other jargon.

However, this is not a big problem because almost all word processing tools do not recognize Latin maxims and legal jargon.

The good thing is Grammarly allows you to add any words or phrases to your Grammarly dictionary by clicking on the word the select add to a dictionary, and from there, you will be able to use that word without further error.

Conclusion

I have been using Grammarly for my legal writings since July 23, 2020. It is game-changing for me. As it helped me to improve my writing skills by 110% within just 11 weeks

Since then, I cannot recommend any writing tool to law students or lawyers for the legal writings than Grammarly.

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Isack Kimaro

Editor-in-chief and founder of sherianajamii.com. Holder of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Mzumbe University and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law school of Tanzania. Lawyer by profession and blogger by passion.

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