Advanced Verbal Persuasion

Section 1ZO, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 10/12
Credits: 3

Course Description

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. It is to bring another out of his bad sense into your good sense.” This course develops advanced verbal skills to help you discover that power in yourself. We will focus on persuasive writing, performance techniques, speaking and listening as part of a team, and the ability to handle difficult speaking situations. Assignments include presenting a persuasive speech, counseling clients, making a closing argument, speaking on short notice, and many opportunities to improve your teamwork skills. This class was designed as a follow-up course to Hallmarks of Distinguished Advocacy, Oral Presentations Outside the Courtroom, or other courses with a substantial public speaking component, and assumes some experience and comfort with public speaking.

Course Requirements

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Midterm Type (if any): None
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Final Type (if any): None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will write and perform multiple oral presentations.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Hallmarks of Distinguished Advocacy (9053) OR Oral Presentations In and Out of the Courtroom (SC) (7626) OR Oral Presentations Outside The Courtroom (9185) OR Rhetoric Seminar (9031) OR Persuasion (SC) (7692) OR Trial Advocacy (9081) OR Negotiation (7144) OR Trial Advocacy College (SC) (7637) 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: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes: Students will be required to make several oral presentations. Attendance at all class sessions is required. Also, enrolled students who do not attend the first class session will be disenrolled in accordance with Academic Policy. Students seeking to enroll in this course must attend the first class session..

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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Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
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