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Fall 2022
5314 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - A2 - GOMEZ- 12994

Professor(s): Alissa Gomez (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section A 

Time: M-9:00a-10:30a  TH-2:30p-4:00p  Location: 207 

Course Outline: Lawyering Skills and Strategies I will focus on an introduction to the American legal system and the underlying skills and strategies that lawyers must possess to succeed within it. By working through fact-specific problems both inside and outside the classroom, students will learn to identify legal issues; to locate and to assess the governing law; to gather initial facts from the client; to communicate with the client; to analyze legal issues within the context of particular fact patterns; to cite to the governing law; and to write clear and concise documents that reflect that legal analysis or that address the client’s transactional needs.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.


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This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Required Course)

Course Materials (3/7/2022 11:57:05 AM)

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: 3 REQUIRED BOOKS: Becoming A Legal Writer: A Workbook of Explanations to Develop Legal Analysis and Writing Skills, Robin Boyle-Laisure, Christine Coughlin, and Sandy Patrick (Carolina Academic Press 2019), ISBN: 9781531004484; The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (21st ed. 2020), ISBN: 9780578666150; Manual on Usage & Style (Texas Law Review 15th ed. 2020), ISBN: 1878674595.

Regarding The Bluebook: This will be a resource for the entire year and beyond, so while there is an online version of The Bluebook, I strongly recommend that you purchase a print copy, as you will need it for the citation exams in the class. Manual on Usage & Style is available to purchase online at HERE.