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18. Presentation skills  

This chapter draws upon some of the material covered in previous sections of the book that focused upon helping students locate and understand the law to prepare and deliver an effective oral presentation. It starts by outlining some guidelines on preparing a presentation, including selecting an appropriate topic and making decisions about the use of supplementary materials such as handouts or PowerPoint slides. It then considers issues relating to the delivery of the presentation, including matters such as timing, combating nerves, and engaging the interest of the audience.

Chapter

Cover Legal Skills

18. Presentation skills  

This chapter draws upon some of the material covered in previous sections of the book that focused upon helping students locate and understand the law in order to prepare and deliver an effective oral presentation. It starts by outlining some guidelines on preparing a presentation, including selecting an appropriate topic and making decisions about the use of supplementary materials such as handouts or PowerPoint slides. It then considers issues relating to the delivery of the presentation, including matters such as timing, combating nerves, and engaging the interest of the audience.

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Cover Legal Systems & Skills

10. Persuasive oral communication and presentations  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter provides an understanding of why students and professional lawyers need good oral communication skills. It explains the difference between verbal skills and non-verbal skills such as eye contact and body language. It then shows students how to develop these skills to have their voice heard. Guidance is provided about how to deliver an effective presentation during legal studies, whether in class, for an assessment, or otherwise, such as in a law clinic. It then proceeds to consider how to develop these skills for practice, and provides guidance as to why, when, and how a lawyer must employ persuasive oral communication with clients. The particular issues arising from online communication, such as on Teams and Zoom calls, are explored.

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Cover Legal Systems & Skills

10. Persuasive oral communication and presentations  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

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.