This course provides students with an introduction to persuasive legal writing and appellate advocacy. Topics will include the modes of persuasion, the nature and structure of argument, standards of review, the use and review of trial-stage records, brief-writing, and oral argument. Participation in the Charles S. Desmond Moot Court Competition is required. That competition, held in late October, includes drafting an appellate brief and appearing before local judges for oral argument. This course is most helpful for those who want instruction in persuasive writing, or who plan to pursue a career in litigation. Course will count for 517 requirement (third writing requirement), or skills credit.