Spring 2013
5297 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - A2 - RACHLIN- 38657
added 10-29-12

Professor(s): Susan Rachlin (CLINICAL FACULTY)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section A 

Time: Th=1:00p-2:00p  F=11:30a-12:30pLocation: Th= 211-TU2  F=BLB-209

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.

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First Day Assignments: First-day Assignment Spring Semester
Lawyering Skills & Strategies

Please research the following questions:

1. If an intoxicated person is driving and mistakenly or accidentally (as opposed to intentionally) strikes a pedestrian and kills the person, what statutory crime can the person be charged with in Texas? What is the citation of the Texas statute?

2. If the driver is or is not intoxicated, is an automobile considered per se a deadly weapon in Texas?


Choose any three of the following methods to do this research assignment: (1) Library; (2) Lexis; (3) Westlaw; (4) WestlawNext; or (5) Lexis Advance. For each method, please carefully keep track of your research path and which specific search terms you used. Be prepared to discuss in our first class.

In addition to the research assignment, pick up a new Supplemental Readings Packet in the Copy Center. Please bring your Bluebooks and laptops to our first class.


















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