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Improv and the law: Storytelling
“For those of you who have never taken an improv class: run, don’t walk, to the nearest class and sign up. Other than psychodrama, there are very few practical disciplines that have as much to offer the courtroom lawyer as improv.” – Carl Bettinger, Shapiro Bettinger Chase LLP, author of Twelve Heroes, One Voice: Guiding Jurors to Courageous Verdicts
Improvisation and storytelling go hand in hand. This is also true for the practicing lawyer. The strength of your story, both in its content and presentation, is critical. The goal of the course is to give students the power to not only refine a story for presentation, but also how to discover that story in the first place.
The tools used in the craft of improvisation for communication and storytelling are a robust set, and have their place in the world beyond the improvisational comedy stage. This class will focus on storytelling by introducing concepts of Yes/And, If/Then, Listening, Observation, Exploration Through Character, and other elements for practical application by actively engaging in improv exercises.
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