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Fall 2017
5314 Lawyering Skills and Strategies (FLLM) - MORATH- 20160

Professor(s): Sarah Morath (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Foreign LLM 

Time: 9:00a-10:30a  MW  Location: 213  BLB

Course Outline: This is a course in two parts: As a preliminary matter, this course focuses on an introduction to the American legal education system and the skills a student must possess to succeed. The curriculum will include instruction in the case method of the study of law in the United States, including briefing a case and recitation; the importance of outlining as a method of exam preparation; and actual exam writing skills, especially if a majority of students are more familiar with an oral exam tradition. Then this course shifts focus to a skills-based examination of the U.S. legal system. This curriculum will be problem-based, using fact-pattern simulations to develop oral communication, legal writing, research, and analysis skills essential to practice in the U.S. legal system.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus updated 7/27/17

Course Notes: For FLLM students only!   

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This course will have:
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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course: No

Course Materials (7/27/2017 2:28:55 PM)

Book(s) Required

• Terrill Pollman et al., Examples and Explanations: Legal Writing (2d ed. 2014)
o (ISBN 9781454833963).
• Amy E. Sloan, Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies (6th ed. 2015)
o (ISBN 9781454850403).

You may purchase these books separately if you can find them cheaper – I provide the individual ISBN for each book above. But the publisher is offering a bundled price for the two books together that may be cheaper. If purchased as a bundle (i.e., the two books bundled together), the ISBN is 9781454869603, and the total price for both books is $109.

In addition to these two books, please pick up a packet of Supplemental Readings, available in the LSS office suite on or after August 3, 2017. I will provide this packet to you free of charge.

We will also cover the basics of legal citation. You will therefore need to purchase The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015