Freeze! Using Theatre Improvisation Techniques to Practice Oral Argument

The Law Teacher, Fall 2012

10 Pages Posted: 2 May 2012 Last revised: 3 Aug 2014

Date Written: May 1, 2012

Abstract

When students learn that they will be participating in oral argument during the second semester of legal writing class they often experience a sense of dread. While some students may have public speaking experience in other settings, oral argument on a brief or a moot court will be the first experience at giving an extemporaneous speech on legal issues before a “hot” panel of judges. Our article details several theater improvisation exercises we use in class to ease student fears and to prepare them to think and speak on their feet for oral argument.

Suggested Citation

Borman, Deborah L. and Hill, Dana, Freeze! Using Theatre Improvisation Techniques to Practice Oral Argument (May 1, 2012). The Law Teacher, Fall 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2049523 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2049523

Deborah Lee Borman (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Dana Hill

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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