Grading Basis: Graded
This course introduces students to professional skills essential to the practice of law. In the fall semester, training is provided in legal analysis, print and electronic legal research and predictive and persuasive legal writing. During the spring semester, the course focuses on client interviewing, counseling, case planning, investigation and negotiation. In addition, students will study the interpersonal, ethical and moral dimensions of lawyer-client, lawyer-witness and lawyer-lawyer relationships by observing and engaging in simulated lawyering activities. The successful completion of the Fall semester of Legal Practice is a prerequisite to taking the Spring semester of Legal Practice, unless the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, in consultation with the Spring Term Lawyering Process instructor, waives this requirement.