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Fall 2014
LAW781  AW  ADVANCED TECHNIQUES IN WRITTEN PERSUASION

Course Description
This advanced legal writing course focuses on studying and practicing sophisticated persuasion strategies. Students who take this course will learn to write like the best legal advocates and will work to gain mastery in the exciting, challenging, and important field of practical, persuasive legal writing. We will consider sources from within the law, including judicial opinions and persuasive briefs, as well as academic writing on the theories, strategies, and ethics of persuasion, and non-legal sources from advertising, journalism, entertainment, literature, popular culture, and politics to identify what those sources reveal about effective persuasion. We will rigorously practice advanced persuasive writing by developing fluency with rhetorical and organizational techniques and a more sophisticated understanding of the impact of a writer’s choices and methods. Students will write and receive feedback on weekly assignments, which will require them to constantly refine and build their persuasive writing skills. The course culminates in an assignment that requires students to research, write, and conference with the professor to prepare a legal brief of considerable length on a complex legal issue where the weight of the law is against their client, requiring them to make difficult and creative choices to present a compelling argument in the face of substantial obstacles.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-18-2014 - 11-25-2014   T  9:00 AM-10:50 AM A216B

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Students will hone their persuasive writing skills through in-class writing exercises and the preparation of one substantial piece of written advocacy, which will be the basis for the majority of each student’s grade.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None

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Professor(s)

SMITH, RACHEL


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: rsmith3@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-4380
Office: C417