Hallmarks of Distinguished Advocacy

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/12
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 1000-1230
  • SL290
09/01/2022 12/01/2022
*“R” means Thursday

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 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: 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 Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session risk being withdrawn by the instructor in accordance with academic policy.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 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.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM