Hallmarks of Distinguished Advocacy

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 24

Schedule Information

Enrollment: /12
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


1000-1230 SL290

Course Description

What does it take to be an effective advocate? This course defines advocacy as any effort to persuade an audience, combining the teachings of rhetoric, trial advocacy, and theater to empower you to become the most effective advocate you can be. This is an experiential class, so you can expect to make a presentation in each class, and to have some fun doing it. The first seven weeks treat advocacy in settings outside the courtroom. The instruction and readings will deal with common features of all good advocacy; the student presentations will focus on a variety of non-trial performances—client presentations, advocacy of policy positions, informal and formal speeches. The second half of the semester focuses on advocacy in the most common trial settings— opening statements, examination of witnesses, and closing arguments. While this class is designed with the future trial advocate in mind, it is also appropriate for students who do not plan to litigate but who seek to improve their public speaking skills. (See also “Persuasion” or “Oral Presentations In and Out of the Courtroom” for public speaking classes for non-litigators, and “Advanced Verbal Persuasion” for students who would like additional instruction after taking this class.)

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

Students will write and perform multiple oral presentations.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: Oral Presentations In and Out of the Courtroom (SC) (7626), Oral Presentations Outside The Courtroom (9185), Persuasion for Advocates (9055)

Laptops Allowed: No

First Day Attendance Required: Yes

Course Resources: To be announced.

Course Notes: Students will be required to make several oral presentations throughout the semester. Attendance at all class sessions is required. Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session risk being withdrawn by the instructor in accordance with academic policy.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 124818043

Modified Type: Simulation

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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