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Fall 2013
5314 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - E3 - TILTON-MCCARTHY- 25969

Professor(s): Lisa Tilton-McCarthy (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Part-Time 

Time: Cancelled  Location:  

Course Outline: Lawyering Skills
Fall 2013
Professor Lisa Tilton-McCarthy

Course Information

Course Objectives
In this course you will learn to:
1. identify legal issues;
2. locate and assess the governing law for a particular legal issue and cite to it properly;
3. analyze a legal issue by applying the governing law to a particular set of facts; and
4. write documents reflecting your legal analysis.
Class Attendance
In accordance with the ABA attendance rules, you may miss no more than five scheduled classes/mandatory class activities. On your sixth absence, I will send you to Dean Tennessee where the matter of dismissal may be taken under advisement.
Quizzes and Ungraded Assignments
Ungraded Assignments:
Throughout the semester I will assign a number of ungraded assignments that you must complete to my satisfaction. Any work that in my discretion does not reflect a good faith effort will have to be redone to an acceptable standard within a prescribed time; additionally, I may require a rewrite because an assignment needs further work. All assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the due date, unless otherwise stated. Any ungraded assignment turned in late may be counted as an absence for with regard to the consequences identified in “Class Attendance” above. Any ungraded assignment not turned in may result in a lowering of your course grade by one grade level.

Grades
Graded Assignments:
The following assignments will be graded and constitute the baseline for your course grade, subject to adjustments as identified in this Course Information sheet:

1. Legal Research and Writing Citation Exam (10%)
2. Two Legal Memorandums (50%, worth 25% each)
3. Two Contracts (30%; worth 15% each)

If you are ill or are otherwise unable to turn in your paper on time, you must notify me in writing prior to the due date to seek an accommodation. If your memo is more than fifteen minutes late and you have not received a prior extension from me, I may reduce your memo grade by one letter grade level for the first hour (or part of the hour) that the paper is late. After the first hour, one additional grade reduction may be imposed for every hour the paper is late. For example, if your original memo grade was an A- and you turned the memo in three hours after the deadline, your memo grade could be reduced to a B-. If a memo is twenty-four or more hours late, I will not accept it, and the grade on the memo will be an F. I will consider extensions for true emergencies only. Computer problems, including printer problems, do not constitute emergencies.

Class Preparedness & Participation:
If you are unprepared for class or do not participate in class, I reserve the right to reduce your final course grade up to a maximum of two grade levels.

Curve:
UHLC requirements set the average of grades in this LRW section between 2.8 and 3.2.


Formatting Guidelines for Assignments
Except for ICW exercises, and exercises in any workbook, all assignments you turn in must conform to these specifications:
1. Use Times New Roman or Courier 12-point type on white 8 ½ x 11 paper.
2. Double space each assignment, and use one-inch margins on all sides.
3. Place page numbers in the bottom center of each page, beginning page numbering on page two.
4. Staple your paper in top left corner.
5. Conform to all other requirements stated in the assignment sheet for each assignment.

Course Materials
I will expect you to obtain the following textbooks and materials for use in this course:
• Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students, Nadia E. Nedzel (3d ed. 2012).
• The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.) (called “The Bluebook”).
• Texas Rules of Form (11th ed.) (called “The Greenbook”).
Suggested materials:
• Bryan Garner, Redbook
Legal Writing Center
All UHLC students may obtain free individual tutoring at the Legal Writing Center, located in room 14C BLB, just next door to the LRW suite. Several outstanding third-year law students staff the Legal Writing Center. They will answer your questions on legal writing, research, and citation. They also will be able to help you with basic grammar skills, proper English usage, and sentence/paragraph construction. You may schedule appointments with the Writing center tutors by calling 713-743-0759 or emailing C_LawLegalWritingCenter@central.uh.edu. Walk-ins are also welcome. Additionally, the Center will email “Writing Tips of the Week” to you. At my discretion, I may require a student to consult with the Legal Writing Center to get assistance on particular areas of weakness the student’s work reflects. If I require you to consult with the writing center and you fail to do so, that failure will be counted as an absence from class, with the consequences identified in the section on Class Attendance on page 1.
Honor Code

The Honor Code applies to this class. You are responsible for complying with the Honor Code and for knowing its provisions. If you have questions about a certain activity, please ask me.
Computer Use and Other Disruptions
In accordance with the Law Center’s computer use policy, I prohibit computer use in class for anything other than completing activities I direct, taking notes, or accessing previous notes for my class, unless otherwise directed by me. Similarly, to avoid disrupting the class, unless I give you permission, please turn off your cell phone or beeper and avoid talking with your colleagues during class.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Suggest Materials:
- The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style 3rd Ed. 2013

Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:
Exam:
Paper:

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