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From Awkward Law Student to Articulate Attorney: Teaching the Oral Research Report


Sarah J. Morath


University of Akron - School of Law

October 3, 2013

U of Akron Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-19

Abstract:     
Whether having a conversation with a client, speaking to a judge, or interacting with another attorney, lawyers need to be able to communicate orally. In the first year of law school, however, there are not many opportunities for students to “practice” having conversations about the law in a thoughtful and professional manner. While the Socratic dialogue common in most first year courses challenges students to think on their feet, this method does not teach students how to orally describe their research path, how to orally explain their analysis of a client’s legal issue, or how to orally make a recommendation on a course of action.

For this reason, I have incorporated an exercise into my Legal Research and Writing course requiring students to orally present their research results and assessment of a client’s legal issue. In this article, I explain why I include an oral research report exercise in my Legal Research and Writing class, what this exercise entails, and how legal writing professors are uniquely situated for teaching the oral research reporting skill.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: Legal Research, Legal Writing, Oral Research, Oral Communication

JEL Classification: K10

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Date posted: October 7, 2013 ; Last revised: November 13, 2013

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Morath, Sarah J., From Awkward Law Student to Articulate Attorney: Teaching the Oral Research Report (October 3, 2013). U of Akron Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-19. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2335617 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2335617

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Sarah J. Morath (Contact Author)
University of Akron - School of Law ( email )
150 University Ave.
Akron, OH 44325-2901
United States
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