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Legal Systems & Skills: Learn, Develop, Apply (4th edn)

Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, Catherine Shephard, and Scott Slorach
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date: 22 February 2024

p. 30510. Persuasive oral communication and presentationslocked

p. 30510. Persuasive oral communication and presentationslocked

  • Scott Slorach, Scott SlorachDirector of Learning & Teaching, York Law School, University of York
  • Judith Embley, Judith EmbleyAssociate Professor, University of Law
  • Peter GoodchildPeter Goodchildis Associate Professor and Programme & Student Lead for the GDL and MA Law at the University of Law (Bloomsbury)
  •  and Catherine ShephardCatherine ShephardSenior Lecturer, Manchester Law School, Manchester Metropolitan University


This chapter first explains the fundamental oral communication skills law students need, including non-verbal communication such as eye contact and body language. It then shows students how to use these skills to deliver an effective presentation during legal studies, whether in class, for an assessment, or otherwise, such as in a law clinic. It then goes on to develop these skills for practice, and provides guidance as to why, when, and how a lawyer must employ persuasive oral communication with clients.

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