Legal Argument in Advocacy: The Classics Revisited
This course provides practical techniques designed to assist lawyers develop their advocacy skills by examining the structure and core elements of legal argument.
From the beginning of human society, civic life has been defined by argument. Argument seems intrinsic to the human condition and has dominated social and political life since classical antiquity.
There are a number of different forms of classical argument, including debate, rhetoric and dialectic. Understanding the nature and structure of these classical forms of argument can greatly assist lawyers in enhancing their advocacy skills and developing an effective style of legal argument.
This course seeks to provide a new, practical approach to how advocates describe and engage in legal argument by utilising rhetoric and dialectic. Having set out the framework for this new approach, the course discusses the ways in which advocates can employ these classical styles in different stages of proceedings, with a particular focus on opening addresses, closing addresses and appellate argument.
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What Lawyers Say
Interesting subject matter - the course identified different ways of approaching an argument that I had never really considered.Interesting subject matter - the course identified different ways of approaching an argument that I had never really considered.