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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February 25 8:00AM-10:00PM Washington College of Law WCL 36-Hour Giving Challenge February 25 1:30PM-5:30PM 20016 ICANN and the New Top-Level Domains May Offer Continuing Legal Education Credit CLE February 26 8:00AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law WCL 36-Hour Giving Challenge February 26 6:30PM-8:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren N102 Classroom Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling February 27 1:30PM-3:00PM Tenley Campus - Capital From The World Bank To The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank March 01 10:00AM-3:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Who Does it Better? Exploring the Trials and Tribulations of Privacy Policies Around the World May Offer Continuing Legal Education Credit CLE March 01 10:00AM-4:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y400 Large Classroom 2019 SELS Spring Symposium March 01 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren N102 Classroom Office of Academic Excellence Workshop: Tackling Multiple Choice Questions March 04 12:00PM-1:00PM N104 Women's Representation in International Decision-Making Bodies March 04 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall Free Speech Celebration March 05 6:30PM-8:30PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01-01 Grossman Hall A Panel Discussion and Conversation on National Security, Intelligence, and Cyber Security with Rep.Jim Himes (D-CT), member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence March 06 10:00AM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Commons Office of Academic Excellence: Walk-by Wednesdays Events Calendar ... Find more events in our events calendar
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