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Fall 2012
5397 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - C4 - TWOMEY- 34798

Professor(s): Lori Twomey (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section C 

Time: 9:00a-10:30a/Th  12:00p-1:30p/FLocation: TH=240 BLB  F=211 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.

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First Day Assignments: LAWYERING SKILLS AND STRATEGIES I SECTIONS A-4 AND C-4

Professor Twomey Email: tlori@central.uh.edu Office: Bates Law Building 15J

CLASS ONE (8/29/2012 OR 8/30/2012)

Topic: Sources of Legal Authority

Class Preparation:
• Read chapter 2 from the Coughlin textbook
• Review the primary authorities table written by Wren
• You may choose to read (i.e., this is not required) “Basic Concepts of American
Jurisprudence” by Fine

CLASS TWO (8/31/2012)

Topic: Deconstructing Judicial Opinions

Class Preparation:
• Read Chapter 3 from the Coughlin textbook
• Read “How to Brief a Case”
• Read “How to Read a Legal Opinion” by Kerr

Assignment Due: Case Brief Assignment

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:
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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No