Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Communication, Media and Culture
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Wes E. Fondren
An attorney's communication style - not just what he or she says, but how he or she says it - can affect the outcome of a trial. By performing a meta-analysis of thirty-four peer-reviewed articles on this subject, areas where research is plentiful and areas where research may be lacking are identifiable. Variables for this project include the type of communication, the type of legal case, mention or lack thereof of attorney-communication training, and the sample subject. Upon analysis of these articles, it was found that research in the areas of verbal and non-verbal communication, attorney-jury communication, and criminal cases is plentiful. Future research on attorney communication styles should focus on types of attorney communication training, how an attorney's communication affects both judge and client, and attorney communication styles within civil cases.
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Cowles, Kathryn Meagan, "Communication in the Courtroom" (2011). Honors Theses. 119.