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 

Check out our exciting Upcoming Events

October 22 3:30PM-4:30PM Tenley Campus - Capital C116 Weinstein Courtroom Maintaining the Ability to Do Justice to All Manner of People October 23 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - N103 Gender and the Practice of Environmental Law October 23 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y115 Classroom Landlord Tenant Resource Center Pro Bono Training October 23 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren N100C Learning Lab OctoBAR: Applications/Accommodations (RSVP) October 23 5:00PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT16 Classroom Veterans Pro Bono Legal Clinic Information Sesssion October 23 6:00PM-8:00PM Claudio Grossman Hall, Room YT01 Federal General Counsels Forum featuring Max Stier October 24 8:30AM-5:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall XIV Symposium on International Trade: Rule-based World Trade System under Systemic Crisis October 24 12:00PM-12:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT16 Classroom A Brown Bag and Conversation with Seth Grossman October 24 5:00PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y401 Large Classroom OctoBAR: NY Bar Exam/Character & Fitness (RSVP) October 25 5:00PM-6:30PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall 2018 Employment, Immigration, Gender, Family, Education, & Juvenile Justice Law Externship Fair October 26 9:00AM-11:30AM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom The Role of the Federal Government in Protecting Your Civil Rights October 26 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT07 Classroom 1L Lab: Issue Spotting & Multiple Choice Events Calendar ... Find more events in our events calendar
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