From the Courtroom to the Boardroom: Transactional Oral Advocacy
34:2 THE SECOND DRAFT (Fall 2021)
7 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2021 Last revised: 3 Sep 2021
Date Written: 2021
Legal writing courses often teach oral advocacy skills with courtroom-based oral arguments, pitting plaintiff’s counsel against defendant’s counsel. However, oral advocacy skills are important for all lawyers – even those who never set foot in a courtroom. This article discusses how legal writing courses can develop oral advocacy skills by pairing traditional litigation-based oral argument exercises with transactional-based oral advocacy exercises and provides a sample exercise (which has received positive feedback from students) that professors can use to introduce transactional-based oral advocacy skills.
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