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 27 8:00AM-5:45PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Symposium on Economic Analysis of Law: 6th Annual Conference of Brazilian & American Judges February 27 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y115 Classroom So You Want to be a Public Defender? February 27 12:00PM-1:30PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT16 Classroom A Child's Right to Parents: Challenges for LGBTQI Families March 02 12:00PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom IP Brief Symposium - IP and Video Games March 03 6:30PM-8:30PM Miami, FL Miami - Admitted Student & Alumni Reception March 04 11:00AM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Impeachment: What's Next? March 04 4:00PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Authoritarian Constitutionalism: Comparative Analysis & Critique March 04 6:30PM-8:30PM New York City, NY NYC - Admitted Student & Alumni Reception March 05 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y115 Classroom Fellowships 101: Guide to Getting Your First Public Interest Job March 05 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren N105 Seminar Room The Global Practice of Business Law: A Conversation with Stephen Gardner March 06 12:00PM-5:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom AU Legislation and Policy Brief Symposium: Presidential Powers under the Constitution March 09 1:00PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall Second Annual Women in Business Law Leadership Conference Events Calendar ... Find more events in our events calendar
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