356 Effective Communication Outside of the Courtroom

Good lawyering requires advocacy outside of the courtroom. Lawyers regularly communicate with current and prospective clients, governmental officials, the media, and other general audiences. They also must advocate for themselves—whether in their job searches or within their professional settings. Accordingly, this seminar will introduce skills to make students more effective in their interpersonal communication, teamwork, and persuasive public speaking.  Each class session will focus on a specific set of interpersonal communication, teamwork, and/or persuasive speaking skills. Class sessions will feature a combination of lectures, individual and group presentations, discussion, and in-class exercises. Students will routinely receive feedback on their performances through self-reflections, peer evaluations, and instructor evaluations. This seminar will also provide students with opportunities to meet (mostly virtually) with current lawyers and hear examples of how they advocate for themselves, their clients, and/or positions they support. Each guest will also discuss how interpersonal communication and public presentation skills shape their day-to-day responsibilities.

Course Type
Seminar
Learning Outcomes
Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession
2019
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

356.01 2
  • Reflective Writing
  • Group project(s)
  • Oral presentation
  • Class participation
Daisy Lovelace W 8:55-10:45 AM 3171

Good lawyering requires advocacy outside of the courtroom. Lawyers regularly communicate with current and prospective clients, governmental officials, the media, and other general audiences. They also must advocate for themselves—whether in their job searches or within their professional settings. Accordingly, this seminar will introduce skills to make students more effective in their interpersonal communication, teamwork, and persuasive public speaking.  Each class session will focus on a specific set of interpersonal communication, teamwork, and/or persuasive speaking skills. Class sessions will feature a combination of lectures, individual and group presentations, discussion, and in-class exercises. Students will routinely receive feedback on their performances through self-reflections, peer evaluations, and instructor evaluations. This seminar will also provide students with opportunities to meet (mostly virtually) with current lawyers and hear examples of how they advocate for themselves, their clients, and/or positions they support. Each guest will also discuss how interpersonal communication and public presentation skills shape their day-to-day responsibilities.

Syllabus: PDF icon 356.01.Spring2019-syllabus.pdf

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None

*Please note that this information is for planning purposes only, and should not be relied upon for the schedule for a given semester. Faculty leaves and sabbaticals, as well as other curriculum considerations, will sometimes affect when a course may be offered.