Big Law Jargon: A Primer

Like the entertainment industry and the trade magazine Variety, with its slanguage, the legal media and business of law have their own language. It’s a language that can be confusing to outsiders, and even to law students and lawyers who have never practiced at a large firm. In our latest video essay, Big Law Business decodes the special language of big law with a short paragraph that we wrote to utilize 14 terms with special meanings. The paragraph is merely an example, any resemblance to actual law firms, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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