26 minutes of professionally produced video
This video features presentations of the techniques and three junior litigators demonstrating them through exercises
Case Study (common to all courses in the Boot Camp Series)
Handbook, Introduction to Trial Advocacy, by John Hollander in his law school course
Advocacy Club Certificate of Completion
The formula approach
In final argument, the lawyer presents the
conclusions. The goal is to persuade to the decision-maker of the merits of the
case. Theory meets theme in this course on legal rhetoric.
The video focuses on each of the streps of the formula:
· The use of the theme in your first sentence.
· The roadmap.
· Making your points and dealing with the opposition’s points.
· The conclusion, including the call to action.
Put your best foot forward
Learn to persuade by focusing on what's important. Keep to your theme and show not only why your argument is correct in law, but why your position should prevail in fairness and equity.
John also teaches analysis and advocacy techniques to students at the University of Ottawa's school of common law. He has introduced experiential courses, in which he uses the Advocacy Club methodology to train upper-year law students to become junior associates in litigation practices.
John's handbooks on Legal Writing (Irwin Law), Public Speaking and Speechwriting (self-published), are available on the Shop Tab.