Oral Presentation for Attorneys


In this discipline students will have the opportunity to practice and strengthen their oral communication skills, developing some oral communication techniques transversal to the various branches of knowledge, using oral and physicality tools, and developing, in another phase, these techniques and tools in two contexts related to the practice of advocacy in the meeting room and the courtroom.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rui Filipe Serra Serrão Patrício


Weekly - 2

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Barros, Ema Sá. Ars loquendi. A sua prática na advocacia, Almedina 2010.
Bishop, R. D. and Kehoe, E: G. (eds.).  The art of advocacy in international arbitration, 2.ª ed., Juris Publishing 2010.
Khaneman, Daniel. Rápido e Devagar: duas Formas de Pensar. Rio de Janeiro:Objetiva, 2011.
Mcburney, James Howard. Argumentation & debate. Techniques of a free society, Macmillan 1964.
Napley, David. Technique of Persuasion. Sweet & Maxwell; 2Rev e. edition (Jun. 1975).
Read, D. Shane. Winning at trial, LexisNexis 2007.
Rodríguez, Victor Gabriel. Argumentação jurídica. Técnicas de persuasão e lógica informal, São Paulo 2005.
Silva, José Vigário. Comunicação, lógica e retórica forenses, Porto 2004.
“Faces da Retórica” (E-book), Lisboa: Centro de Estudos Judiciários , 1a. edição 2017 , ISBN 978-989-8815-70.5 (available in: www.cej.mj.pt)

Teaching method

The lessons are based on the permanent dialogue between the teacher, his guests and the students. This discipline is eminently practical, focused on the oral performance of the lawyer. In this sense, the sharing of aspects based on the serialization of factual matters, the preparation of audiences, elaboration of requirements and simulation of final audiences extracted from the practical cases developed in the classroom complement, in a rich symbiosis, with the situations of production evidence, inquiries and counter-inquiries and other aspects of litigation in court, typical procedural acts in which the advocacy technique, especially oral communication, stands out. In order to achieve this dedication to the aforementioned legal contexts, it is essential to collaborate with some experts, experienced bar advocates, training sessions and audience simulation sessions.

Evaluation method

The evaluation is continuous, resulting from the weighting of the work developed during the semester (50%) and the classification obtained in the simulations organised at the end of that period (50%).

Subject matter

The proposed program content, which corresponds to the items of Orality in Advocacy, is composed of the basic elements that the student needs to know in order to familiarize himself with the oral communication techniques present in mainly adversarial scenarios and to solve the problems that may occur in those environments. Each of these items allows the use of pedagogical strategies of eminently practical format capable of developing the skills expected in a context directed to the proper execution of Orality, namely the courtroom. Thus, the study of each and every one of the mentioned topics is not restricted to a linear approach to the subjects, but rather it is suggested that it is possible and advisable to proceed with a constant symbiosis with the argumentative technique, in order to challenge the student to discovery and use of oral communication methods in those circumstances.


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