Hallmarks of Distinguished Advocacy

Section 1, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/12
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course treats oral advocacy as an effort to persuade any audience of the merits of a proposal and the credibility of the proponent. Each class session consists of an instruction segment about a particular aspect of advocacy, and a workshop portion, in which students will perform, and be critiqued on, short oral advocacy exercises. 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—direct and cross-examination, opening statements, closing arguments and appellate advocacy. While this class is designed with the future 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 Oral Presentations Outside the Courtroom for a public speaking class for non-litigators, and Advanced Verbal Persuasion for students who would like additional instruction after taking this class or Oral Presentations.)

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): 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 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 Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session will be withdrawn in accordance with academic policy.

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.

General Information

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Cross Listed: No
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Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
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