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Rhetoric as a Guidebook for our Trials

A student's perspective on how the study of Rhetoric can improve the trial system 

Aristotle once wrote that “rhetoric is useful, because the true and the just are naturally superior to their opposites, so that, if decisions are improperly made, they must owe their defeat to their own advocates; which is reprehensible.”  In essence, he meant that truth and justice are of upmost importance in society, and when they don’t prevail it means something went wrong in the argument.  Furthermore, the advocates he wrote of are advocates…

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  • Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Jul 07, 2017

The Jury Hall of Fame

A Student's View: Using Baseball Sabermetrics to Uncover a Potential Juror's Subtle Leanings in Jury Selection 

I am an advertising major at Pepperdine University.  The main reason that I got into advertising was my fascination with market research and statistics.  I see statistics everywhere and often find myself running statistical problems in my head for fun.  Baseball sabermetrics, the statistics of baseball, are the most interesting statistics to me.  I think the rigor that baseball statisticians apply to the MLB could also be quite well applied to work…

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  • Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Jun 28, 2017

George’s Life Flashed Before his Eyes

The principles of Media Production could improve trials

I have found that there are three principles from my major, Media Production, that if used, could improve the trial process: storytelling, point of view, and conclusions. In media production, the whole idea of the industry is telling a story and representing a point of view.  That is exactly what was going on in the trial that I attended.  “George’s life flashed before his eyes and everything changed for him in the blurb of a second.  He is no longer able…

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  • Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Jun 21, 2017

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