ERIC Number: ED257164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Communication Courses Recommended by California Attorneys.
Gadke, Laura L.; Salter, Kenneth W.
A study was conducted to determine what oral and written communication courses lawyers both perceive as useful in practice and recommend for prelaw students and to provide data for design and development of these and related courses in continuing education programs for lawyers and legal assistants. A total of 295 lawyers from California responded to a questionnaire asking them to make selections from a list of 14 undergraduate communication courses in response to open-ended questions. Two of the questions required that they list courses in a rank order of preference. With regard to counseling prelaw students and development of oral and written communication courses with prelaw emphasis, the subjects recommended courses with the following theory and skill content in order of importance: (1) written argument/persuasive writing, (2) oral argument/debate, (3) public speaking, (4) public address/persuasive speaking, (5) speech and debate competition, (6) interviewing, and (7) ethics. With regard to developing courses in either continuing education or consulting practices, the results ranked ethics first, followed by written/argument/persuasive writing, counseling, and interpersonal communication. The remaining skills were primarily speech skills, specifically public address/persuasive speaking, public speaking, and oral argument/debate. (HTH)
Descriptors: Communication Research, Communication Skills, Continuing Education, Curriculum Development, Debate, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Ethics, Law Students, Lawyers, Persuasive Discourse, Program Content, Program Improvement, Public Speaking, Speech Communication, Student Needs, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: California