Advanced Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy: Trials, Appeals, and Moot Court

Christy Hallam DeSanctis, George Washington University Law School
Michael D. Murray


This book focuses on advocacy in legal writing and oral communication. In addition to explaining the differences between objective legal writing and adversarial legal writing, this book examines the general requirements of pretrial motions in courts and the particular requirements of motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment. We introduce students to appellate advocacy and the general requirements for appeals and writs, including standards of review. We also consider the structure and content of appellate briefs and the art of oral advocacy at the pretrial, trial, and appellate levels of litigation. The book concludes by looking beyond the first-year legal writing experience to moot court and to practice situations in which collaborative legal writing is the norm.