Lawyering Theory & Practice



SLN #: 72546
Course Prefix: LAW-637
Course Section: 002
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor(s): Schwartz

Course Description:
Lawyering Theory and Practice is a broad based survey course that introduces students to a variety of professional activities including client communication, negotiation, disclosure, depositions, and litigation. 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.

For 2012 and 2013 graduates, LT&P may be used to satisfy the core Trial Advocacy requirement of the College of Law’s Trial Advocacy Program. The Program’s course entitled “The Litigation Experience” is designed as an advanced course generally to be taken after (or simultaneous with) LT&P or Trial Advocacy. If both LT&P and Trial Advocacy are taken, only one of these classes will count toward satisfaction of the Advocacy Program requirements.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 4
Grading Option: Pass/Fail Only
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