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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

SPEE 32 Legal Rhetoric

In this course, we will consider multiple forms of legal rhetoric—from Greek apologias through contemporary American jury trials—to explore the unique challenges of legal argumentation, the style and structure of judicial written opinions, and the types of legal/political speech that characterize lawmaking. A study of classical rhetoric will feature prominently in the course. Students will engage in theory-informed practice of both oral and written legal rhetoric: as trial counsel to Dr. Seuss characters accused, or accusing others, of wrongdoing; as appellate counsel or judges on the appeal of a medical malpractice verdict, and as legislators debating an environmental protection law. No prerequisites. Limited enrollment.

Distributive and/or World Culture


The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.


Not offered in the period from 17F through 19S.