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Why are so many Latin terms used in legal (English)?

Why are so many Latin terms used in legal (English)?

Law is (or was) a learned profession and before information and education was available to everyone, the language of the learned was Latin, which is why there are still many Latin terms and phrases and maxims that are still in use in the contemporary practice of law. These terms and phrases remain in use today because 1) they make for great mental and written shorthand for complex concepts and arguments that that would otherwise needlessly take many minutes or lines of text to articulate; and 2) using them (even when used erroneously) makes those who use them look smart and cool.

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