ERIC Number: ED209693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Communication in the Legal Process.
Matlon, Ronald J.
There is a growing interest in the field of speech communication by legal educators and a mutual interest in the legal process by communication educators. One dimension of this interest is the development of undergraduate courses that focus on communication in the legal process. One such course is offered at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and at the University of Arizona. The three-credit course is offered as an elective to juniors and seniors and is predicated on the belief that lawyers, judges, litigants, and jurors face numerous communication problems on a daily basis. It gives particular attention to the literature related to verbal and nonverbal aspects of communication as they apply to the legal concerns of interviewing, negotiating, and litigating. The course is organized into five units: (1) introduction to communication theory and the legal process, (2) communication theory and practice in interviewing and counseling, (3) communication theory and practice in negotiating and pretrial strategies, (4) communication theory and practice in the trial process, and (5) special topics in judicial communication. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).