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244.5 sec. 1 - Legal Interviewing and Client Counseling (Fall 2012)

Instructor: Monali S. Sheth  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: W 6:25-8:15
Meeting Location: 244

Course Start: August 22, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49598

This course covers the fundamental lawyering skills of interviewing and counseling, skills essential to the practice of law in any context. Through interactive discussion, simulation exercises, and role playing, this course provides students with a basic model for interviewing and counseling, provides the opportunity to practice the skills involved, and exposes students to the kinds of problems and ethical issues that can arise when counseling clients.

Skills addressed in the interviewing segment include: active listening, question formulation, preliminary problem identification, development of a chronological overview, theory development, and concluding the interview. The counseling segment addresses the process by which, having determined what the client's legal problems are, the lawyer helps the client make decisions by clarifying the client's objectives, identifying potential strategies and solutions and their likely consequences and, when appropriate, providing advice.

Monali Sheth is a staff attorney at Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a non-profit legal organization in San Francisco that advocates on behalf of women and girls seeking equality in education and the workplace. Prior to joining ERA, Ms. Sheth was in private practice as a litigation associate at the law firms of Farella Braun & Martel LLP and Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP. She serves as a member of the Equity Advisory Committee to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Ms. Sheth earned her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, her M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and her J.D. from Berkeley Law.

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

Exam Notes: F
Course Category: Advocacy Skills Courses
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Social Justice and Public Interest

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  • Lawyers As Counselors: A Client-Centered Approach
    David A. Binder, Paul Bergman, Paul R. Tremblay, & Ian S. Weinstein
    Edition: 3rd edition
    Publisher: West
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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