LAW 3200 - Foundational Lawyering Skills
This required course offered in the fall semester of the second year is designed to provide students with a basic introduction to core lawyering skills essential to effective practice in a variety of areas (trial practice, litigation, transactional lawyering, alternative dispute resolution, etc.) and an assessment of their performance of entry-level competencies in those areas. Students will learn how to perform essential lawyering skills, practice those skills, and have their performance assessed. After taking this course, students will be better positioned to enroll in upper-level simulation, externship and clinical courses.
The course will be taught in a series of three intensive consecutive modules. Each of the modules will begin with a lecture presentation to teach students a particular lawyering skill, followed by one or more break-out classes where students will perform and practice the lawyering skill that is being taught and receive individualized feedback from an instructor. The three primary modules of lawyering skills will focus on: (1) practice-ready research and writing, (2) fact investigation and witness examination, and (3) client interviewing, counseling, and negotiation.
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