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Spring 2012
Apr 16,2014
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LAWS 353 - LEGAL RHETORIC
This writing-intensive course seeks to help students to understand the relationship between classical rhetoric, legal reasoning and interpretation. It introduces students to legal semiotics--the study of certain categories of argument that recur throughout the law. This course also seeks to help students to see a legal argument as a "roadmap" that guides jury, jurist and lawyer to certain "destinations" or conclusions. The goal of this course is to provide students with the tools that they will need to assess the sufficiency of quantitative and qualitative legal arguments, and to enable students to formulate arguments of their own. Students will learn how to express persuasively their opinions on an approved thesis statement, using proper citation techniques, through a process of writing and revising. This culminates in a 10-15 page pager with a clear thesis statement, 3-5 supporting propositions that include legal, social science and humanities concepts, and a cogent and persuasive conclusion based on the evidence presented.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online Course

Law and Society Department

Course Attributes:
WRITING INTENSIVE

Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      Undergraduate

Prerequisites:
FOR LAWS 353

General Requirements:
Course or Test: LAWS 121
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently.  )
or
Course or Test: LAWS 131
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently. )


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