Law and the Rhetorical Tradition

Details

Course Code:
LAW 3507
Units:
3
Grading:
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail

Description

(Formerly Law 304) In this interdisciplinary seminar we will explore the rhetorical underpinnings of legal argument. In the first half of the course, we will acquaint ourselves with relevant elements of the rhetorical tradition. In the second half, we will analyze a variety of legal texts (both written and oral) with an eye to the use and function of rhetorical principles, as well as the ways form and content are mutually constitutive. This course aims both to increase students' understanding of rhetoric as readers and interpreters of legal texts and to develop students' skills as writers and speakers. Students will be expected to participate in class discussion in addition to completing a series of writing assignments including the rhetorical analysis of legal and non-legal texts and the revision of students' legal writing. Special Instructions: This course can satisfy the Research "R" requirement. The instructor and the student must agree whether the student will receive "R" credit. For "R" credit, the paper is substantial and is based on independent research. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. Elements used in grading: Class participation, attendance, assignments, final paper. Automatic grading penalty waived for writers.

Future Offerings

2016-2017 Winter

Law and the Rhetorical Tradition LAW 3507 Section 01 Class #31256

  • 3 Units
    • 1L Winter Elective

Notes: Open to First-Year JD Students.

Law and the Rhetorical Tradition LAW 3507 Section 02 Class #31257

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent
    • 1L Winter Elective

Notes: Open to First-Year JD Students. R -Research Requirement for Law Degree.

Past Offerings

2015-2016 Winter

Law and the Rhetorical Tradition LAW 304 Section 01 Class #16080

  • 3 Units
    • 1L Winter Elective

Notes: Open to First-Year JD Students.

Law and the Rhetorical Tradition LAW 304 Section 02 Class #16081

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent
    • 1L Winter Elective

Notes: Open to First-Year JD Students. R -Research Requirement for Law Degree.

2014-2015 Winter

Law and the Rhetorical Tradition LAW 304 Section 01 Class #29851

  • 3 Units
    • 1L Winter Elective

Notes: Writing Requirement for Law Degree. Open to First-Year JD Students.

Law and the Rhetorical Tradition LAW 304 Section 02 Class #29852

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent
    • 1L Winter Elective

Notes: Research Requirement for Law Degree. Open to First-Year JD Students.

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