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Fall 2021

Course Description
Whether you are arguing to an appellate judge, a trial judge, or the senior partner in a law firm, you need to be able to make a strong legal argument. Rarely does this come naturally to people. This class focuses on helping students develop the skills to write effectively and argue under fire. The ability to anticipate questions, prepare and deliver answers to difficult questions, and weave back into your argument is so important. Through a series of mini-problems, lectures and guest speakers, students will receive individualized, personal training which will be helpful in preparing them for the Gaubatz Competition (precursor to invitation to the Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board).

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-23-2021 - 12-01-2021   W  9:00 AM-10:45 AM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Mandatory Pass/Fail
Method of Evaluation: Pass/fail based on a written brief and oral arguments conducted in class.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Skills Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Litigation - Specialized
Bar Subject(s): None
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Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Scalia and Garner
    Publisher: Thomson West
    Edition: First Edition
    ISBN: 978-0314184719
  • Textbook Name: The Moot Court Book: A Student Guide to Appellate Advocacy
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Recommended
    Author: Gaubatz and Mattis
    Publisher: LexisNexis
    Edition: Third Edition
    ISBN: 978-1558341951
  • Textbook Name: Introduction to Advocacy: Research, Writing and Argument
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Recommended
    Author: Prepared by the Board of Student Advisers, Harvard Law School
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    Edition: Eighth Edition
    ISBN: 978-1609303082
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