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Fall 2014
5314 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - C1 - HEARD- 21412

Professor(s): Whitney Heard (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section C 

Time: T- 9:00a-10:30a  TH- 10:30a-12:00p  Location: 144  TUII

Course Outline: 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.
Course Information Sheet

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   **UPDATE: There is a new edition of the Interactive Citation Workbook for the BlueBook. The ISBN is 9781630435905. The title will be used in all the 5314 courses.


First Day Assignments: - First Day Assignment: Welcome to the Law Center! I look forward to teaching your section of Lawyering Skills and Strategies this year. 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 work product should conform to the formatting requirements listed in the Course Information Sheet (e.g., typed in Times New Roman (size 12) font and double-spaced). Please remember to include your name at the top of the first page. If you have any questions about the assignment or the course, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My email address is

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This course will have:

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

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Course Materials (7/18/2014 9:31:36 AM)

Book(s) Required