Course - Law
Prerequisites: Completion of first year of law school and a passing grade in 603H (Legal Analysis, Writing and Research).  
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Persuasive Communication provides a new name and a broader curriculum to replace our first-year moot court course. Persuasive Communication will build on the first-year legal research and writing courses. The course is a prerequisite for later participation in second-year or third-year moot court.                             

In this class, students will research and write two drafts of an appellate brief. They also will participate in a minimum of two oral arguments, one of which will be before a panel of two or three outside judges. The students will receive both written and oral feedback from their writing professors on their written work and oral arguments.
The course will begin by examining classical rhetoric and its application to the modern art of persuasion. Students will be instructed in methods of constructing a coherent argument, as well as the conventions of providing authority to support an argument. Students will receive instruction and gain practice in crafting the four basic building blocks of a persuasive document: the issue, the statement of facts, the argument, and the conclusion. This course also introduces students to some advanced writing techniques such as the use of metaphors and literary references.


Course Format The course will meet once or twice a week and will involve in-class writing exercises, as well as out-of-class research and writing assignments. The writing and research assignments will culminate in an appellate brief and oral argument.  
Written Assignments Students will write an appellate brief. They will submit an outline, one draft, and the final brief.  
Type of Exam No exam 
Basis for grading Brief and final oral argument. When grading, some writing professors take into account class participation, peer editing, the practice oral argument, and/or interim assignments.  
Additional Comments

The course is a prerequisite for later participation in second-year or third-year moot court.

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