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Courses|College of Law

Lawyering Skills

Course Number: 6920
Professor: William Hiser
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 2
Semester Offered: Spring
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: Contracts, Property, and Torts

Course Overview:

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Typical class involves in class discussion/lecture/question-answer type format to identify issues and process for completing upcoming out of class exercises. On weeks when graded exercises occur outside of class, the class will not meet; however, each student will be expected to participate as a client and/or attorney in the graded exercise to be scheduled at reasonably convenient times during the week. Students are expected to complete the reading outside of class as set forth in the course outline and be prepared to discuss the reading and related issues in class. Students will also be asked to participate in mock Lawyering exercises in class.
Written Assignments: Students will be expected to draft and turn in a Client Engagement Letter; an Interview Outline; a Client Advisement (CYA) Letter; a Negotiation Evaluation Form; and, a Settlement Agreement.
Type of Exam: None
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Grading will be based on: 1) preparation for and performance in scheduled classes, 2) preparation for and performance in graded exercises conducted outside of class; and, 3) any written materials that are assigned. This course is intended to simulate the practice of law and therefore, except in extraordinary circumstances, students will not be allowed to provide late or make-up work without prior approval. Grading will be based on the judgment of the instructor as to each students performance in class and on the exercises.
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