Over the course of a week, students work sequentially on up to 4 different case files and engage in a range of analytical and interactive tasks, including identifying their clients’ goals and legal problems as well as the critical facts needed to resolve those problems, the questions that need to be asked and the options that should be considered. Students actively participate and engage in hands-on learning to address their clients’ problems within the bounds of the law. Students are expected to do the assigned reading before class so that they are familiar with the facts and the law as well as any new concepts and theories relevant to their client’s problem. Teaching methods include brief lectures, interactive discussions, simulations and group interactive projects. Throughout the week, students use legal research, writing and oral communication skills and are evaluated by themselves, their peers, the faculty and other lawyers on the quality of their group work product, the thoughtfulness of their approaches to the problems and the explanation and defensibility of their decisions.
This is an intensive one-week workshop-style course in which students assume the role of lawyers to work collaboratively and within time constraints to confront and attempt to solve clients’ problems in a range of different legal settings and practice areas.
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Criminal Defense; Criminal Prosecution; Family Law; Government/Public Sector; Immigration; International Law/Human Rights; Labor and Employment; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution; General Practice – Transactional