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242.9 sec. 001 - Listening and Communicating:Stagecraft for Lawyers (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Mohit Gourisaria  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Th 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
    Location: Law 115
    From January 16, 2020
    To February 27, 2020

Course Start: January 16, 2020
Course End: February 27, 2020
Class Number: 32578

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

The objective of this course is to train and empower students to be active listeners (who don’t simply wait for their turn to speak), effective communicators (who embody their physical and vocal presence), and inclusive team players (who can collaborate across backgrounds and hierarchies) as they embark on a career in law.

The course will bridge the gap between academic preparation and its successful application in practice. It will combine workshops from the theatre - tailored specifically to address challenges that young lawyers face - with seminar-style discussions to help align the intellectual rigor of legal education with the communication skills necessary to succeed as a practicing attorney. The curriculum will span five aspects of communication: “Listen”; "Process"; "Include"; “(Story)Tell”; and "Collaborate". Every few lessons, we will invite prominent Bay Area lawyers to participate in our class and share personal learnings from their careers.

The assignments for this course will comprise journal entries, readings, and preparation for workshops, including developing a theme and telling the story of two assigned cases (one criminal and one IP).

Mohit Gourisaria is a Berkeley-based litigator. He has taught legal writing and oral advocacy to law students at Berkeley and Columbia. He clerked on the Second Circuit and previously practiced at Wachtell Lipton in New York and Keker Van Nest in San Francisco. Mohit studied Theatre Arts in college and performed professionally in Boston before attending law school at Columbia and the London School of Economics.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (T) Course ends in a final practice trial, arguments, or other presentation (e.g. Powerpoint)
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Simulation Courses

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