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Fall 2017
5314 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - B4 - MORATH- 19501

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

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section B 

Time: M 1:00p-2:30p  TH 9:00a-10:30a  Location: M- 211 TUII  TH- 3 BLB

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 Syllabus: Course Overview updated 7/27/17


Course Notes:   


First Day Assignments: Please read Chapter 2 of A Lawyer Writes and The Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

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

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course: No

Course Materials (7/27/2017 2:33:46 PM)

Book(s) Required

You are required to purchase the following textbooks for use in this course:

A Lawyer Writes, A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis, Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud Rocklin, Sandy Patrick, (2nd ed. 2013), published by Carolina Press ISBN 978-61163-397-9, e-ISBN 978-1-53100-273-2

Texas Legal Research, Spencer L. Simons (2nd ed. 2016), published by Carolina Press ISBN 978-1-61163-562-1 e-ISBN978-1-53100-650-1

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015), published by the Harvard Law Review Association [“Bluebook”];

Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2017 ed.), written by Tracy McGaugh Norton, Christine Hurt, & Jeffrey D. Jackson [“ICW”]

The following materials are optional:

• Manual on Usage & Style (13th ed. 2015), published by the Texas Law Review Association.

• Researching the Law: Finding What You Need When You Need It (1st ed. 2014), written by Amy E. Sloan [“Sloan”];

RECOMMENDED: Manual on Usage & Style (13th Ed., 2015) & Researching the Law: Finding What You Need When You Need It. (1st Ed., 2014)