950 Lawyering Skills: Oral Communication - §001, Fall 2008

Categories: Legal Profession Law Practice Skills

Instructor(s) Stoker, Michael

A recent survey of legal employers in


revealed that they

believe that well-developed oral communication skills are essential.

This course focuses on helping students refine the oral communication

skills that they will need to perform efficiently and effectively as

practicing attorneys.  Students will participate in a variety of

in-class exercises, such as introducing a speaker, arguing a motion to

a judge and giving a presentation to a board composed of non-attorneys.

Each student will receive specific, personalized feedback on his/her

performance in the exercises.  The grading for this one-credit class

will be pass/fail.  The class will meet once a week for the final nine

weeks of the semester for two hours at a time.  Attendance is mandatory

and students must actively participate to be awarded a passing grade.

Some assignments will require preparation outside class, but there are

no formal written assignments or written examinations.  This class is

open to second and third year students.  The first of nine consecutive

classes will be
Tuesday, September 5,


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