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Fall 2014
5314 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - B3 - TABOR- 21411

Professor(s): Tobi Tabor (DEPARTED)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section B 

Time: 9:00a-10:30a  T, TH  Location: 211  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: Fall 2014
First Day Assignment
Lawyering Skills & Strategies
Professor Tabor
Section B3
Read Linda H. Edwards, Legal Writing and Analysis 3-28: “Overview of Lawyer’s Role,” and “The Legal System, Common Law Process, and Kinds of Authority.”
Due typed answers to following questions:
based on Lucy v. Zehmer , 84 S.E.2d 516 (Va. 1954), edited version is attached (a less complete version is in the text at 343-45; use the attached hand-out). Be prepared to discuss and hand in your answer.

1. What is the level (jurisdictional power) of the court that issued this opinion?

2. Who are the parties-by name and by role in the scenario?

3. What is the plaintiff’s complaint?

4. What is the holding of the court—the rule of law the court made to resolve the issue
before it?

5. What precedent rules does the court rely on to resolve the issue?

6. What facts are important to the court in resolving the issue?

First Day Assignment
First Day Assignment Reading

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

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

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course:

Course Materials (7/18/2014 9:29:34 AM)

Book(s) Required