ERIC Number: EJ725572
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-1
Reference Count: 14
The Rhetoric of Mock Trial Debate: Using Logos, Pathos and Ethos in Undergraduate Competition
Walker, Felicia R.
College Student Journal, v39 n2 p277 Jun 2005
While engaging in learning about roles of evidence, rules of procedure and case law, undergraduate mock trial students must also learn how to effectively communicate their evidence to the fact-finder. In mock trial, as in real courtroom trials in the United States legal system, communication skills and the ability to persuade are essential. This work examines how the art of rhetoric relates to mock trial debate. By applying Aristotle's proofs of logos, pathos and ethos, this article unveils how management of logic, emotional appeal and speaker credibility weigh heavily on the persuasion process in mock trial. It illustrates how poignant Aristotle's proofs are in contemporary undergraduate competition.
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Logical Thinking, Competition, Law Related Education, Debate, Undergraduate Students, Communication Skills, Credibility, Self Efficacy, Rhetoric
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States