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Persuasive Communication

Successful advocacy requires persuasive communication. A wide array of programs focused on interpersonal understanding and oral communication complement the Law School’s legal writing curriculum.

Some of the programs offered through the Center on Professionalism include:                          

Individual Communications Coaching Sessions

No matter what career path you choose, you will likely be called upon to present facts in a clear, concise, and persuasive matter, to audiences both large and small. To help you develop these skills, we have created a one-on-one coaching program designed to enhance your effectiveness and confidence in your communication skills. This program will provide you with two individual meetings on consecutive Fridays or Saturdays with Ann Fischer from the Wharton Communications Program. In these sessions, you will establish goals for your communications development, practice your skills and receive valuable individualized feedback for improvement.

Interpersonal Profiling: Harnessing the Power of Your Personality & Others

The ability to “read people” is a complex process involving people’s voices, words and body movements. This module helps make a science of intuition. The ability to decipher behavioral nuances allows us to communicate more effectively so people listen, understand and are persuaded. Penn Law students are given practical methods for understanding others – clients, peers, leadership, staff, etc. – and strategies for handling any interpersonal encounter.

Intercultural Communication

At some point in their careers, all lawyers are immersed in a new culture. That culture might be any of the following: a different country, a new job, a new client, a new neighborhood, and sometimes even a new profession. This session will promote intercultural competence and heighten cross-cultural awareness. Participants will engage in a presentation and discussion about culture, values, perceptions, communication styles and cultural patterns of thought and behavior that will help them understand the basic concepts, theories and issues of intercultural communication related to intercultural relationships and how these concepts apply to their personal and student lives. The participants will be involved in role-plays, simulations, and cross-cultural sharing.

Mock Interview Program

The Mock Interview Program is a Penn Law tradition that allows each 1L participant the opportunity to practice interview skills and receive feedback in a supportive environment. Lawyers representing a wide range of practice areas and settings conduct individual mock interviews lasting from 15 to 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of critique. The lawyers, who are mainly Penn Law alumni, provide feedback that students find invaluable in developing and improving their interviewing skills and continuing their professional self-awareness.


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