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