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My students have ... learned that legal writing can be difficult to read. Sometimes the difficulty comes from hard concepts or ideas. Sometimes, however, the difficulty comes from difficult sentence structure. The writer has tried to pack too many ideas into one unit. I get to spend part of my time in the spring helping my students work on creating easily readable briefs and developing their own writing style. Part of that help includes editing their writing for more robust sentences. This issue, we’ll focus on crafting better sentences by creating shorter, less cluttered sentences. [excerpt]