Law 474 - Advanced Oral Argumentation Workshop

Peter L. Reich

Peter L. Reich

Lecturer in Law
Academic Director, Law & Communication Intensive
B.A. UCLA, 1976
M.A. UCLA, 1977
J.D. UC Berkeley, 1985
Ph.D. UCLA, 1991
UCLA Faculty Since 2017
Course Description:

Attorneys need to plan and argue their positions to clients, to opposing lawyers, to clients, and to tribunals, in both formal and informal settings.  This course develops students’ team strategy and oral presentation skills through simulated counseling, negotiation, and litigation scenarios, tracking the legal representation life cycle.  Simulations are drawn from business contract, real estate, tort, and multi-issue cases, with students receiving detailed group and individualized coaching.  Some topics may be emphasized based on student interest.          

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students will sharpen their ability to make oral arguments in a variety of settings.  They will be prepared to begin employment in civil practice in the following ways:  They will understand the difference between effective and ineffective oral arguments.  They will learn aspects of the substantive law of business contracts, real estate, employment law, and torts.  They will engage in the practice skills of planning and presenting oral arguments, as well as evaluating those of their opponents.