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Spring 2013
5297 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - C1 - HEARD- 38665
added 10-29-12

Professor(s): Whitney Heard (CLINICAL FACULTY)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section C 

Time: W=9:30a-10:30a  F=11:30a-12:30pLocation: W= 111-TU2  F= 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 Information Sheet (pdf)

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Students will use the same textbooks in the Spring that they used in the fall.

Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments: For the first day of class, I would like you to read LSS II Handout #1; skim The Greenbook pp. iii-v; Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4; App. D, E, F; and bring your Bluebook, Greenbook, and computer to class. We will be discussing the Texas Rules of Form, which is the citation system that attorneys use when they are citing Texas legal authority in documents that are submitted to Texas state courts.

Final Exam Schedule:    

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