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Instructor Class Description

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Gail Stygall
ENGL 473
Seattle Campus

Current Developments in English Studies: Conference

Class description

This course provides an introduction to the study of law from linguistic and rhetorical perspectives, with a focus on writing and legal documents. We will explore legal language in civil and criminal contexts, read from trial transcripts, hear from an expert in legal writing, and, I hope, visit a court. We will also read about the lawyer’s role and becoming a lawyer. Assignments will include analyses of legal documents, presentation of legal cases, and a final paper analyzing an important legal decision from a linguistic or rhetorical perspective.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

Interest in the law.

Class assignments and grading

Primarily written papers and one presentation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gail Stygall
Date: 10/24/2010