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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August 27 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y402 Classroom APALSA General Body Meeting August 27 3:30PM-4:30PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01-01 Grossman Hall Compass: Crafting Your Professional Identity August 27 5:00PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y115 Classroom APALSA General Body Meeting September 03 6:00PM-8:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Moving Towards a New Copyright Bargain: Lecture by Rebecca Giblin, The Authors' Alliance September 04 4:00PM-6:00PM Room Y360 International and Abroad Opportunities at WCL Open House September 17 3:30PM-4:30PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01-01 Grossman Hall Compass: Networking and Interview Skills September 25 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma International Suite Talk: Effective Advocacy in Commercial Arbitration September 27 9:00AM-4:30PM NT01, Ceremonial Classroom A Global Lawyer: Celebrating the Contributions of Herman Schwartz to the Rule of Law October 07 10:00AM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall Role of the General Counsel in a Modern Corporation May Offer Continuing Legal Education Credit CLE October 07 4:30PM-5:30PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom SCOTUS Series: Peter v. Nantkwest October 10 5:30PM-8:00PM Off-site: Arnold & Porter - 601 Mass. Ave NW Wash. 2019 International Commercial Arbitration Annual Lecture October 10 6:00PM-8:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom 8th Annual Peter A. Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property with Professor Ruth Okediji, Harvard Law School Events Calendar ... Find more events in our events calendar
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