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Spring 2013
5297 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - E2 - SIMPSON- 38675
added 10-29-12

Professor(s): Lauren Simpson (CLINICAL FACULTY)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: 1st Year - Part-Time 

Time: 7:30p-9:30p  ThLocation: 211  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.

Students will use the same books in the spring semester as in the fall.

Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments: First Day Assignment for Lawyering Skills and Strategies sections (Sections E-1 and E-2, both of which are part-time sections):

Class Readings: Very briefly skim Greenbook Part II (Texas Cases), pp. 5-28, 106-14, 117-18.

Note: Please bring your Bluebook and Greenbook to class.

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:
Exam:
Paper:

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