The "Art" of a Closing Argument
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Closing arguments. If you have ever watched a television series that is in any way law-related (e.g. the ever-popular Law & Order series), you have probably seen at least part of a closing argument. The term "closing argument" is pretty self-explanatory—it is the final argument made by an attorney (or self-representing party) at the closing of a hearing or trial. But regardless of how simple a closing argument sounds, it is actually quite complex when you take into consideration the importance of your closing argument, as well as the precise manner in which you must deliver it to the jury.

Closing arguments are the culmination of a jury trial—the last and final chance to communicate directly with the jury. If done properly, the closing argument will have a lasting impact on each jury member’s psyche, whether the argument simply reinforces that member’s beliefs that they should rule in your favor, or whether it sways a juror who was toying with the idea of ruling against you.

This article will help you to understand the art of a closing argument. We will also take a look at what makes a "killer" closing argument by comparing some popular American movies. So, if you are currently involved in a trial, this information will be helpful to both you (especially if you are representing yourself) and your attorney.

Now, let’s go over the basic components of a closing argument.

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