Oral Presentations In and Out of the Courtroom (SC)

Section 2, Spring 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 9/12
Credits: 1
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 1000-1230
  • SL290
03/19/2020 04/16/2020

Course Description

Verbal presentations are central to good lawyering, even if you never intend to set foot in a courtroom. The person who can articulate his or her ideas aloud effectively is the one who is the most likely to impress a client, persuade a judge, connect with a colleague -- even land the job in the first place. This course is designed to help students improve their ability to communicate persuasively in the wide variety of settings in which lawyers are called upon to speak. Each class will consist of two components: faculty lecture, followed by a workshop session in which students will be able to practice what they have learned by making oral presentations and receiving detailed feedback. The goal of the course is to provide all students -- including those who do not consider themselves naturally gifted public speakers -- the tools to become more capable and confident oral communicators. (While this course is designed with non-litigators in mind, it is also appropriate for students who intend to practice trial advocacy. See also Hallmarks of Distinguished Advocacy for a public speaking class for litigators, and Advanced Verbal Persuasion for students who would like additional instruction after taking this class or Hallmarks.)

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will write and perform multiple oral presentations.

Other Work

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
Mutually Exclusive With: Hallmarks of Distinguished Advocacy (9053), Oral Presentations Outside The Courtroom (9185), Persuasion for Advocates (9055)
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Monday, April 06, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Saturday, April 18, 11:59 PM