Lessons from Positive Psychology for Developing Advocacy Skills
John Marshall Law Journal, Vol. VI, No. 1, p.103, 2013
38 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2012 Last revised: 29 Apr 2013
Date Written: February 17, 2012
Advocacy skills are crucial to law students and lawyers. One of the ways law students develop those skills is in the context of lawyering skills competitions. Coaching advocacy teams is something many of us do by instinct and experience. This article explores whether there is any psychological research that might offer more systematic guidance for advocacy coaches. Positive psychology does offer some principles that suggest useful approaches to coaching. Taken together with the aforementioned instinct and experience, these principles can help coaches be more effective in training young lawyers for litigation and dispute resolution practice.
Keywords: legal education, coaching, advocacy, dispute resolution, psychology
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