Fall 2012
5397 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - E2 - SIMPSON- 34800

Professor(s): Lauren Simpson (CLINICAL FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Part-Time 

Time: 7:30p-9:00p/M  7:30p-9:00p/ThLocation: 144  TU2

Course Outline: Lawyering Skills and Strategies
Course Description
Fall 2012/Spring 2013


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.

Lawyering Skills and Strategies II will again be problem based, using fact-pattern simulations to enable students to work through actual lawyering experiences. This semester will focus more on developing persuasive skills. Students will work through simulations designed to develop lawyering skills and problem-solving strategies. The students will be divided into small groups representing opposing sides of the problem.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus (pdf)

Course Notes:   IMPORTANT: This professor has two sections, & with the increase to 3-credit hrs in the fall, the schedule is not designated to permit her to teach her two classes separately. Therefore, her classes will be combined giving her 40+ students, as keeping them separated would require one section of students to have an unreasonable schedule of class from 9p-10:20p.

Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments: First Day Assignment
Professor Lauren Simpson
Sections E-1 and E-2, Fall 2012


1. Please read Linda H. Edwards, Legal Writing and Analysis (3d ed. 2011) pp. 13-18, 23-28 (do not do any exercises on those pages).

2. Please read the excerpted article on basic jurisprudential concepts that will be emailed to you soon by Student Services for my classes.

3. Please bring the Edwards textbook, the excerpted article, and your laptop to the first class.

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:
Exam:
Paper:

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