Prerequisite: C or better in LRRW.
The second semester Advocacy course continues the study and practice of legal writing that was begun in LRRW. Students learn to translate the skills they used in LRRW and in writing predictive documents into a basis for creating effective persuasive documents. Focus is on argumentation and rhetoric as the means to building strong and persuasive documents. In the context of writing documents that advocate a particular result for a specific client, students continue to practice the process of legal writing as they research, analyze, organize, write and revise litigation related documents. The primary context for the work done in Advocacy involves writing briefs to a specific court. In addition to writing complete briefs, students will complete several smaller assignments focusing on specific skills related to persuasive writing. Advocacy students will also be introduced to the role of ADR in client representation and will begin to learn about court and ethical rules related to brief writing. They will also have the opportunity to evaluate arguments written by others.