Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Art of Storytelling

803 | 1.0 credits


This intensive course will explore and practice the components necessary in delivering a compelling story. Students will acquire a new self-awareness physically, vocally and behaviorally. Through acting exercises and role play, students will discover their personal communication style, and understand how it can serve rather than distract from their message. Additionally, exercises will reveal a student's habits or blocks that may prevent the story from landing on his or her audience. These skills will be acquired through daily vocal and physical warm-ups, improvisational exercises to inspire creativity and encourage instinct, role-playing that will give the law student an opportunity to interview his or her client, and specialized coaching for each individual student's opening statement. The course will conclude with a final presentation of opening statements by both prosecuting and defense attorneys in a mock court setting before a judge and jury.