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CAS 321 - Rhetoric and Law

Professor: Margaret Michels
Office: 310 Sparks
Email: mmm26@psu.edu

Students study rhetoric, the art of persuasion, and use this knowledge to evaluate actual trials and judicial opinions as well as to participate in mock trials.

Rhetoric and Law introduces the student to rhetorical theory and the skills essential for the development, delivery and analysis of legal communication.  The course has three objectives:

  1. to explore the relationship between rhetorical theory and law in a general survey of classical to contemporary theorists.
  2. to enhance the critical reasoning skills of students through the composition and analysis of legal texts.
  3. to facilitate the development of communication skills through participation in class discussion, written assignments and a mock trial exercise.