Dec 10, 2022
COMS 3601 - Courtroom Rhetoric
Famous cases and methods of communication of masters of courtroom and judicial oratory. Cases and trials including Cicero, Strafford, Charles I, Erskine, Hastings, Marshall, Webster, Darrow, Sacco-Vanzetti.
Requisites: Jr or Sr
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2SS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Demonstrate knowledge of communication theory as applied to the legal field.
- Explain the role of communication in the legal system and general trial procedures.
- Exploit the judicial system’s constraints and opportunities that guide the flow of communication.
- Demonstrate how verbal and nonverbal communication is influenced by and influences the legal process, legal negotiations, the jury selection process, jury deliberations, and witness examinations.
- Apply narrative and exposition theory as they pertain to opening and closing statements.
- Perform methods of gathering evidence and building a case through oral and written legal argumentation.
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