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 21 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom International Suite Talks Series presents "Pursuing a Career in International Law" with Ben Juvelier from the American Society of International Law (ASIL) October 21 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law 101 October 21 5:00PM-6:00PM Washington College of Law WCL Mocktail Hour Challenge October 21 5:15PM-6:00PM Online via Zoom Financing the Bar October 22 10:00AM-11:30AM Online via Zoom Unavoidable Power and Unaccountable Impacts? The Roles and Responsibilities of Central Banks in Global Economic Governance October 22 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom Legal Implications of US-China National Security Policy - How Companies Can Prepare October 22 12:00PM-1:00PM (Re)assessing U.S. Economic and Financial Regulatory Policy in the Era of COVID and Beyond: An Interview with Sarah Bloom Raskin October 22 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Health Law and Policy Fall Faculty Meetup with Professor Wiley (Zoom) October 22 4:00PM-6:00PM Online via Zoom Maryland's Broken Parole System: The Cost of Inaction October 22 5:00PM-6:30PM Online Via Zoom WCL-NOW: The Pandemic of 2020 – Current and Future Legal Implications and the Impacts on Life, Work, and Family October 23 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom American University Law Review Federal Circuit Fridays Series: Government Contracts Law Guided Discussion May Offer Continuing Legal Education Credit CLE October 23 1:00PM-4:00PM Online via Zoom Democracy 2020: Topics in Election Oversight - Day 1 Events Calendar ... Find more events in our events calendar
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