ERIC Number: ED222948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Extemporaneous Speaking as Preparation for a Career in Law.
Bernard, Daniel J.
A forensics background offers the greatest advantages for attorneys who engage in trial and appelate work. Successful lawyers build upon a few basic qualities: (1) the ability to view objectively the arguments on both sides of the case, (2) adequate research and preparation, (3) correct choices as to which arguments to press, (4) a well-conceived organizational scheme and purpose, (5) a "sense of the jury," (6) awareness of physical surroundings, (7) the ability to think on their feet, (8) sensitivity to a judge's idiosyncracies, (9) skill in brief writing, and (10) awareness of when to base an argument solely on law and when to include a discussion of public policy considerations. These qualitites can be enhanced by forensics in general and extemporaneous speaking in particular. Extemporaneous speaking requires research and preparation, good sources, prudent selection of topics, consideration of both sides of a question, selection of arguments deliverable under time restrictions,and clarity and organization. In judging such speeches, the recent trend of giving style precedence over substance should be reversed, and extemporaneous speaking should be returned to its traditional role. A recognition and acceptance of the existence and desirability of the competitive nature of forensics will arrest the decline of extemporaneous speaking. The first step is changing the current judging criteria. This can be done by upgrading the caliber of judges, improving the questions asked, and insisting upon rigid adherence to exacting standards of quality. (JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Extemporaneous Speaking
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (68th, Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).