ENGL 473 – Legal Discourse, Writing & Rhetoric – Winter 2013
Professor Gail Stygall is offering her course on legal discourse, writing, and rhetoric in winter quarter.
ENGL 473 “Legal Discourse, Writing, and Rhetoric”
Professor Gail Stygall
Tues/Thurs 9:30 – 11:20
This course provides an introduction to the study of law from linguistic and rhetorical perspectives, with a focus on writing and legal documents. We will explore legal language in civil and criminal contexts, read from trial transcripts, hear from an expert in legal writing, and, I hope, visit a court. We will also read about the lawyer’s role and becoming a lawyer. Assignments will include analyses of legal documents, presentation of legal cases, and a final paper analyzing an important legal decision from a linguistic or rhetorical perspective.
Recommended preparation: interest in the law.
Class assignments and grading: primarily written papers and one presentation.
This is a terrific opportunity for pre-law students and is open to seniors in any major!