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Fall 2013
5314 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - E2 - SIMPSON- 25967

Professor(s): Lauren Simpson (CLINICAL FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Part-Time 

Time: M/7:30p-9:00p  Th/7:30p-9:00pLocation: 240 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 Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Information Sheet

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Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments: 1. Please read Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud Rocklin, & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2008), pp. 15-31.

2. Please bring your copy of A Lawyer Writes and your laptop to the first class. Before my first class, I will ask Student Services to email to my students the PowerPoint from which I will give my first lecture, so that my students will be able to access and to take notes in it during class.

Final Exam Schedule:    

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