Lawyering Theory & Practice



SLN #: 76712
Course Prefix: LAW-637
Course Section: 003
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor(s): Schwartz

Course Description:
This course teaches the basics of civil litigation and trial strategies. There are two components to the class each week: a two hour large section in which students discuss weekly readings and litigation strategies and view and discuss video clips from movies and television about the practice of law; and a two hour small section, which is simulation-based, and taught by leading trial attorneys and judges from the community. Throughout the semester, students work on two mock civil cases. In the context of the simulated cases, students draft pleadings and other writing assignments, participate and observe simulated client interviews and client counseling sessions, engage in negotiations and mediation/settlement conferences, and participate in client depositions and trial exercises. Both sections also study issues of competency and professionalism in the practice of law. All students will participate in a three hour mock trial at the end of the semester.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 4
Grading Option: High Honors, Honors, Pass/Fail
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: Yes
Limited Enrollment Number: 24
Final Exam Given: No
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Attendance is mandatory and preparation is expected for both the large class and small section meetings.
Online Course Site: Blackboard