[The] Art of Argument (20623). 2 units. The strong written argument is an essential aspect of effective legal advocacy. Lawyers must know how to convincingly present and marshal evidence for a client's position, in writing that is as clear and sharp as possible. Increasingly, lawyers also make use of the media to advocate for clients and causes. In the court of public opinion, it is especially important that lawyers write and speak in crisp, engaging, and persuasive terms.
To build these skills, this class is designed to teach students how to write for a broad audience--via the op-ed page of a newspaper, a magazine, or a general-interest web site or blog, or in a book review to be published in a mainstream media outlet. The class will also discuss the ethics for lawyers of working as sources with the press, the responsibilities of lawyers to their clients in this context, and the responsibilities of journalists to their subjects and to the public. Students will learn how to use the media to educate the public and advocate for issues that are of professional interest. Multiple short writing assignments. Enrollment limited to fifteen. E. Bazelon and L. Caplan.
Note: First-day attendance is required to hold place, including for any students on a waiting list.