John L. Barkai


This article will present a model for improving oral legal communication. The discussion will demonstrate how human beings create sensory-based models of the parts of the world they experience' and how these models affect the communication process. The three principal sensory-based channels of communication will be described, and the article will explain how both knowledge and use of these channels can improve the rapport and informational functions of communication. Emphasis will be placed on the lawyer's ability to recognize the world model of the people with whom he communicates and to adapt his own process of communication to insure that he is communicating clearly with all parties involved. It will become apparent how the process of a lawyer's communication should vary depending upon whether the communication is with an individual or with a group. Finally, the article will show how these principles of communication may be used in the preparation and trial of a case.


Symposium: Clinical Legal Education and the Legal Profession