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Spring 2014
6207 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - B2 - MORRIS- 24679

Professor(s): Merle Morris (DEPARTED)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section B 

Time: TH 1:00p-2:00p  F 11:30a-12:30p  Location: TH-TU-144 & F-TU-211 

Course Outline: Spring 2014
6207 Lawyering Skills and Strategies – B2 - MORRIS-
Credits: 2
Course Areas: 1st Year - Section B
Time: Th 2-3p F 10:30-11:30A Location:
Course Outline: Lawyering Skills and Strategies II will focus on legal writing in litigation and transactional contexts and the skills and strategic planning lawyers must possess to succeed within actual lawyering experiences. 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 litigation and transactional issues that students will work through to develop lawyering skills and problem-solving strategies. Students at times will be assigned to represent opposing sides of the problem.

Course Syllabus:

Course Notes:   Morris Supplemental Reading Packet will be available at the Law Center Copy Center.

USEFUL BUT NOT REQUIRED: The Redbook: A Manual on Style (2nd Edition/2006)


First Day Assignments: First-day Assignment Spring Semester 2014
Lawyering Skills & Strategies

Please research the following questions:

1. If an intoxicated person is driving and mistakenly or accidentally (as opposed to intentionally) strikes a pedestrian and kills the person, what statutory crime can the person be charged with in Texas? What is the citation of the Texas statute?

2. If the driver is or is not intoxicated, is an automobile considered per se a deadly weapon in Texas?

Choose any three of the following methods to do this research assignment: (1) Library; (2) Westlaw Next; (3) Westlaw Classic; (4) Lexis Advance; (5) Lexis; or (6) Bloomberg Law. For each method, please carefully keep track of your research path and which specific search terms you used. Be prepared to discuss in our first class.

In addition to the research assignment, pick up a new Supplemental Readings Packet in the Copy Center. Please bring your Bluebooks and laptops to our first class.

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

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

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Bar Course: