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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January 07 8:00AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Business Basics Bootcamp - Day 1 January 08 8:00AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Business Basics Bootcamp - Day 2 January 08 4:00PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Supreme Court Series: Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp v. Wall-Street.com May Offer Continuing Legal Education Credit CLE January 14 5:00PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Supreme Court Series: Rimini Street Inc. v. Oracle USA Inc. May Offer Continuing Legal Education Credit CLE January 15 9:00AM-12:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall International Dispute Resolution Involving States: Key Decisions in 2018 May Offer Continuing Legal Education Credit CLE January 16 5:00PM-6:30PM Tenley Campus - Y112 Gender and Law and Family Law Cover Letter and Resume Review January 23 1:30PM-4:20PM C217 Women's Economic Development & Law: The World Bank Group's Women, Business and the Law Report Launch 2018 January 24 4:00PM-6:45PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall Externship Fair January 25 8:30AM-5:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall New Perspectives: A Discussion on Modern Global Supply Chains May Offer Continuing Legal Education Credit CLE February 04 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Professional Development: What to Wear at Work February 05 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Gender and the Practice of International Criminal Law March 04 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Women in International Law Events Calendar ... Find more events in our events calendar
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