How to use ProWritingAid to improve your legal writing

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The other day I mentioned I use and recommend the grammar app ProWritingAid (PWA). This article, “6 Reasons Attorneys Should Use ProWritingAid to Write Legal Documents,” has some helpful information about the app and how to use it.

The author isn’t an attorney and most of what she says applies to any kind of writing, but she does a good job of highlighting some of PWA’s important features that should interest every attorney.

Note that PWA doesn’t have a “legal module” or dictionary, but it allows you to “teach” it legal words or phrases so it won’t continually flag them as errors.

The article makes a good point about why lawyers should use a Plagiarism checker. If you quote a legal opinion, for example, search engines may consider it plagiarism and penalize you. Using a plagiarism checker will alert you to anything that might be a problem.

PWA has a built-in plagiarism checker, but note there is an extra cost.

PWA works on your desktop or in your browser and offers integrations with Scrivener, Word, Docs and other writing apps.

Most of the apps we use for writing check spelling, and many also check grammar and usage, but these apps usually aren’t as thorough as a stand-alone app.

I checked this post with PWA before publishing it, and it suggested a couple of improvements. No matter how good we think we are, there’s always room for improvement.

If you’re looking for an app to improve your writing, or want to compare what you’re using now, consider signing up for the free version of PWA and giving it a go.

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