Oral Presentations In and Out of the Courtroom (SC)

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 5/10
Credits: 1
Days* Date Time Room
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • 08/31/2022
  • 09/07/2022
  • 09/14/2022
  • 09/21/2022
  • 09/28/2022
  • 1000-1230
  • 1000-1230
  • 1000-1230
  • 1000-1230
  • 1000-1230
  • SL290
  • SL290
  • SL290
  • SL290
  • SL290
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

Verbal presentations are central to good lawyering, even if you never intend to set foot in a courtroom. The attorney who speaks well is better able to counsel a client, persuade a judge, connect with a colleague -- even land the job in the first place. This short course is designed to help you learn to communicate persuasively in a variety of settings in which lawyers are called upon to speak. This is an experiential class, so you can expect to make a presentation in each class, and to have some fun doing it. Public speaking is a skill that you can master if you learn the fundamentals and are willing to stand up and give it a try. This class will show you how. (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 [mutually exclusive with this course], Persuasion for a J-term public speaking class, and Advanced Verbal Persuasion for students who would like additional instruction after taking this class.)

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
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 Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level 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: Wednesday, September 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, September 30, 11:59 PM