The program:

 

Takes an approach that is both practical and sophisticated. Students learn not only to draft documents clearly but also to understand how language can be skillfully employed to apply and shape the law.

Uses teaching methods that simulate the actual work that lawyers do. During the first semester, students prepare documents - an office memorandum and advice letter - for two different "clients," learning how to adjust writing strategies as audience and purpose change. In the second semester, students prepare a trial memorandum and represent another "client" on appeal, writing a brief and arguing the case.

Emphasizes writing as a process. Students prepare multiple drafts of documents, and through individual teacher-student consultations, small group classroom workshops, and peer review, students receive feedback on their drafts, developing their skills as the course proceeds.

Applies state-of-the-art technology. In WCL's "smart classrooms," students use interactive, electronic equipment to see, discuss, and evaluate the impact of revisions on documents as changes are made.

Works with other first year courses to reinforce student learning. Andrew F. Popper, Professor of Law and coordinator of the integrated first-year curriculum, says, "We're working to coordinate all the aspects of the first- year through a series of exercises that cut across traditional curricular boundaries. Effective rhetoric and writing are essential to success, and Legal Rhetoric faculty members are integral parts of our teaching team."

Has one of the lowest student-to-faculty ratios of any fundamental legal skills course in the nation. Small classes make intensive student-centered teaching and learning techniques possible.

Is headed by Director Teresa Godwin Phelps, a tenured full-time professor with twenty-five years experience teaching legal analysis, research and writing, and who was one of the pioneers in developing legal rhetoric pedagogy.

Is taught by a tenured faculty member, full-time Legal Rhetoric professors, and adjunct professors who bring experience from a range of practice areas. Assisting faculty members, trained student "Dean's Fellows" provide support and help students improve their writing in individual conferences.

Is both required and graded, which sets Legal Rhetoric apart from many other U.S. law schools' first-year fundamental legal skills programs.

Check out our exciting Upcoming Events

March 26 12:00PM-4:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Strategies to Combat U.S. Solitary Confinement: Litigation, Legislation, and Regulation May Offer Continuing Legal Education Credit CLE March 26 5:30PM-7:30PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Thirteenth Annual International Commercial Arbitration Lecture March 27 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom “The Impacts of Strategic Human Rights Litigation: Global and U.S. Practice” March 27 1:30PM-3:30PM Tenley Campus - Warren N101 Classroom The Diffusion of Populism and The Erosion of The Rule of Law March 27 6:30PM-8:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decision They've Made March 28 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Rapid Response Panel: The Systematic Targeting of Journalists and Activists at Our Border March 28 5:30PM-7:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren N101 Classroom Arbitrating Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims March 29 12:00PM-4:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall Presidential Lawmaking and Executive Power March 29 2:00PM-5:30PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y116 Classroom The Global Plastics Crisis: Legal Solutions and The Path Forward March 30 9:00AM-9:00AM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall The 23rd Annual Sylvania Wood Conference on African American and the Law April 03 10:00AM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Commons Office of Academic Excellence: Walk-by Wednesdays April 03 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma International Suite Talk: Careers in International Arbitration Events Calendar ... Find more events in our events calendar
Previous
Next