May 18, 2024  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 
    
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

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COMS 6343 - Analysis and Criticism of Legal Rhetoric


Analysis and criticism of principal modes, types, and styles of western legal rhetorical communication as mirrored in selected cases, jurists, attorneys, decisions, and arguments, with western legal communication studies as unique mode of rhetoric focusing upon English-American jurisprudence and courtroom advocacy. Case study method employed. Critical analysis accomplished.

Requisites:
Credit Hours: 4
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply narrative and exposition theory as they pertain to opening and closing statements.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Perform methods of gathering evidence and building a case through oral and written legal argumentation.



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