The Legal Rhetoric Program is the largest program at AUWCL and is widely recognized for its commitment to excellence in teaching.  It introduces students to principles of legal research, writing, analysis, and citation, as well as written and oral advocacy.  Utilizing smaller class sizes, students are immersed in a highly-interactive learning environment that includes simulated client interviews, mock oral arguments, and facilitated group work.

The Legal Rhetoric course introduces students to principles of legal research, writing, analysis, and citation, as well as written and oral advocacy. The classroom environment is designed to be a highly interactive learning environment, including simulated client interviews, mock oral arguments, and facilitated group work.

About the Program

The course is designed to teach students four things: (1) to select writing strategies that will produce effective (“good”) documents; (2) to write legal analysis and legal argument; (3) to write specific kinds of legal documents (office memos, client advice letters, briefs); and (4) to identify, find, analyze, and use legal authority.

“By recognizing and teaching legal writing as conversation, we can begin to re-vision what legal writing is and what it does.” 

Teresa Godwin Phelps 

“At its best, legal writing presents the reader with a finished product all tied up with a bow, rather than a listing of somewhat related facts, holdings, and legal principles.” 

Paul Figley  

“To ensure client satisfaction, lawyers must remember their primary audience and use language that the reader(s) can readily understand.” 

David Spratt 

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October 16 10:00AM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren Commonly Asked Bar Questions October 16 12:00PM-12:45PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Commons 5-Minute Lectures: Asylum and the Border, w/Prof. Jayesh Rathod & Cori Alonso-Yoder October 16 1:00PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Capital C317 Seminar Room The Evolving European Union Trade and Investment Policy October 16 4:30PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall 2019 Business, Tax, Intellectual Property, Health, and Communications Law Externship Fair October 17 12:00PM-12:45PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Commons 5-Minute Lectures: Race and Policing, w/Prof. Angela Davis October 17 5:00PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y116 Classroom DC Bar Exam/Character & Fitness October 18 12:00PM-12:45PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Commons 5-Minute Lectures: Gender and Human Rights, w/Prof. Daniela Kraiem & Ingrid Nifosi-Sutton October 18 12:00PM-4:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Regulating Technology to Facilitate Innovation October 21 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y115 Classroom Pro Bono Training: Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless October 21 4:00PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y402 Classroom Tecito with Dean Emeritus Grossman October 22 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y115 Classroom Pro Bono Training: The National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) October 22 4:00PM-6:45PM Tenley Campus - Capital C116 Weinstein Courtroom Presentation of the Last Report of the OAS Working Group to Address the Regional Crisis Caused by Venezuela's Migrant and Refugee Flows Events Calendar ... Find more events in our events calendar
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