Improv and the Law

How does an improv class help lawyers be better at their job? My clients at the University of Washington Law School asked me to find out.

In this innovative class, law students learn how to tell an engaging story, be more persuasive, and keep the jury’s attention. The school even brings in improv actors to run drills and games to help students loosen up and gain confidence in multi-tasking.

UW Law alumna Andrea Robertson, a criminal defense attorney, has been working as an improv actor for nearly two decades. She knows the many benefits it offers professionally. “In law school, you’re taught to be prepared,” she said. “But in a trial, preparation only gets you so far. Improv has helped me be there in the moment and think more quickly on my feet.”

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