5397 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - B4 - TABOR- 34794
Tobi Tabor (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])
Course Areas: 1st Year - Section B
Time: 9:00a-10:30a/W 12:00p-1:30p/F Location: W=240 TU2 F=240 BLB
Course Outline: Lawyering Skills and Strategies
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.
First Day Assignments: Sections A-3 and B-4
For the first day of class (August 29, 2012), read the following and be prepared to discuss in class:
1) Handout entitled “Briefing and Synthesizing Cases,” pages 31-41 [from Linda H. Edwards, Legal Writing and Analysis, Chap. 3], and
2) Lucy v. Zehmer, 84 S.E.2d 516 (Va. 1954) (case edited for class).
Both documents will be available in Lawyering Skills and Strategies (Legal Research & Writing) office, 15BLB, on August 16, 2012.
Final Exam Schedule:
This course will have:
Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No