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Delivering Effective Closing Arguments: Tips & Tricks to Create a Great Narrative

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Produced on September 24, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 8m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Litigation

Course Description

Thirty seconds. That’s how long you’ve got to hook your jury so you can close - and win - your case. Unlike the opening statement, in a closing argument, you should be stating your opinions of the case, arguing your position on the application of the law, commenting on the opposing party’s evidence, and asking the jury for a specific outcome. But you’ve got to keep it simple, straightforward, and above all, persuasive. 

This program, taught by criminal and family law practitioner Linda Watson, will walk attorneys through the best way to organize a closing argument, find a captivating “hook”, and use storytelling techniques to make your case. Linda will describe tried and true closing techniques, explain how to effectively argue against the opposing side during the closing, and provide real-world examples of what NOT to do.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Prepare for your closing by marshaling your arguments and evidence into a coherent narrative
  2. Find your “hook” to keep the jury engaged
  3. Effectively use analogies, metaphors, and silence to create an impactful narrative
  4. Avoid closing missteps that will turn off the jury and endanger your case

Credit Information

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Linda J. Watson

Watson Law

Linda is a dynamic attorney who currently focuses her practice in criminal and family law. She helps those who have been wrongfully stopped or detained enforce their constitutional rights. Linda has been successful in suppressing wrongfully obtained evidence and knows how to obtain hard to get evidence. She focuses her family law practice on helping families create a healthy flow between households and quality communication between families. Linda is not afraid to make sure that children are always protected, by obtaining court ordered alcohol and drug treatments of parents and ensuring that parents follow strict appropriate codes of conduct and minimize the effect of a parent’s separation on children. Her solutions are creative and unique, often finding resolutions outside the box, specific to each client’s needs.

Prior to founding and building Watson Law in 2010, Linda was an assistant state’s attorney for nearly seven years, prosecuting everything from murder to traffic. She enjoys teaching continuing legal education both locally and nationally to other lawyers in such areas as digital forensic evidence and children’s hearsay statements admissibility. Ms. Watson has had a number of cases succeed at the Appellate level, having been published several times on new and novel issues including the use of Google Maps as probable cause, second seizure traffic stops, and complex child support issues.

In her spare time, Linda enjoys spending time with her husband of many years, and their teenage son.  She is passionate in pursuing traveling, photography, reading, hiking, and learning a second language.


Larry W.

She was great

Patrick B.

even though I am not a litigator, this course has a lot of good information for presentations and persuasion generally.

Charles S.

Excellent, well organized, well delivered presentation. The video clips were a nice touch, a good hook.

Valerie H.

Great speaker!

Luke S.

First CLE on Lawline and I am impressed so far. First cle and I was impressed.

Ruth D.

This was an excellent presentation. Ms. Watson was animated, interesting and very experienced. Well done.

Nathan B.

This was a very engaging and energetic presenter. This is probably one of the best Lawline CLEs I have taken.

Krystin K.

Great tips for closing arguments. Thank you!

Hassan E.

Informative points and helpful hints.

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