Semester Hours: 3

This course examines argumentation in legal communities, that is, the way lawyers and judges provide reasoned support for the positions they defend concerning what the law requires in a given case. It considers common forms of legal argument, sources and forms of evidence, and legal values that underlie legal argument. It provides students with a critical perspective from which to judge legal arguments and a basic set of tools for developing legal arguments. This course will not provide any in-depth consideration of the content of civil, criminal or constitutional law, but will use examples from various areas of law to illustrate how legal arguments are developed.