Catalogue 2019 - 2020

LAW 607 Persuation in Legal Writing



Course Description

Lawyers, as advocates, must be able to understand and employ techniques of persuasion. This course will examine the art of persuasion in depth using interdisciplinary approaches. Students will consider effective use of literary or historical references, classical rhetoric theory (particularly the concepts of ethos/pathos/logos), psychological principles, and visual design theories. Students will be required to write weekly assignments based on class discussions and readings, as well as to complete longer writing assignments throughout the term. Students will complete three different types of documents; performance-based assignments, analytical assignments, and combination performance and analytical assignments. Students will receive feedback on all written work, and grades will be based on the overall portfolio. No prerequisites. Limited to 20 students.