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Fall 2013
5314 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - B1 - HEARD- 25956
added 3-28-13

Professor(s): Whitney Heard (CLINICAL FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section B 

Time: W/9:00a-10:30a  F/9:00a-10:30aLocation: 213 BLB 

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

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Please review the updated syllabus carefully as it includes several important dates, including when classes have been combined, when the citation exam is scheduled, and when the graded written assignments are due. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the syllabus, please contact me immediately at wwheard@central.uh.edu. Thank you, and I look forward to meeting you on August 26.

Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments: The first day of class will be spent discussing the United States legal system and the different types of legal authority. To prepare for class, please read pages 5-8, 13-16, and 23-28 in your Edwards textbook and pages 2-9 in your Sloan textbook. Additionally, I would like you to complete Exercises 2-4 (pg. 24) and 2-5 (pg. 26) in the Edwards textbook. Your answers should be typed in Times New Roman (size 12) font and should be double-spaced. Please remember to include your name on the written assignment.

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