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Fall 2022

Course Description
Whether you are arguing to an appellate judge, a trial judge, or the senior partner in a law firm, you need to know how to make a strong legal argument. Rarely does this come naturally to people. This class helps 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 that will be helpful in preparing them for the Gaubatz Competition (precursor to invitation to the Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board). Note: Only students participating in the Gaubatz Competition are eligible to take this course.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-22-2022 - 11-30-2022   W  5:30 PM-7:20 PM F108

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
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:
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Litigation - Specialized
Bar Subject(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    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: Required
    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
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: There is a First Class assignment. Please view the TWEN course link for more information. Please note, you will need a Westlaw account to access TWEN. The library will be distributing Westlaw passwords to incoming students over the next week.

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