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Fall 2012
5397 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - B1 - HEARD- 34791

Professor(s): Whitney Heard (CLINICAL FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section B 

Time: 9:00a-10:30a/Th  12:00p-1:30p/FLocation: Th= 240 TU2  F=144 TU2

Course Outline: Lawyering Skills and Strategies
Course Description
Fall 2012/Spring 2013


Lawyering Skills and Strategies I will focus on an introduction to the American legal system and the skills and strategic planning lawyers must possess to succeed within it. The curriculum will be problem – based, using fact-pattern simulations to enable students to work through actual practice skills and strategies and ethical issues. Training in essential lawyering skills such as oral communication, legal writing, research and analysis will be embedded within fact pattern simulations involving typical transactional issues which students will work through to develop lawyering skills and problem-solving strategies. Students will be divided into small groups to represent opposing sides of the problem.

Lawyering Skills and Strategies II will again be problem based, using fact-pattern simulations to enable students to work through actual lawyering experiences. This semester will focus more on developing persuasive skills. Students will work through simulations designed to develop lawyering skills and problem-solving strategies. The students will be divided into small groups representing opposing sides of the problem.

Course Information Sheet (pdf)

Course Syllabus: Syllabus (pdf)

Course Notes:   

Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments: o In preparation for our Introduction to Lawyering Skills and Strategies and our discussion of the U.S. Legal System and Legal Authority, please
o Review the Syllabus and Course Information Sheet.
o Read pages 5-8, 13-16, 23-28 in Legal Writing and Analysis (3d Edition), written by Linda H. Edwards.
o Read pages 2-9 in Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies (5th Edition), written by Amy Sloan.
o Complete Exercise 2-4 on page 24 and Exercise 2-5 on page 26 of Legal Writing and Analysis (3d Edition), written by Linda H. Edwards. A hard copy of the exercises should be brought to class and should comply with the formatting requirements found in the Course Information Sheet.

Final Exam Schedule:    

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement: No