Current Projects

Ambiguity Project

How should we read a sentence like “Cars and trucks with permits are allowed”? Do cars need permits, or only trucks?

California Jury Instruction Project

How do juries decide verdicts when asked to consider “each element” proven beyond reasonable doubt?

The Linguistics & Law Lab is working at the border between law and linguistics to improve justice. Using tools from linguistics, our goal is to make the language used in courts accessible to all people, not just legal professionals.

What makes legal language so difficult? Our studies have revealed several linguistic factors that affect understanding. And we have shown that minimizing these factors improves comprehension. 

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