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242.3 sec. 001 - Lawyering as Problem Solving (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Kristen L Holmquist  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 134
From January 10, 2023
To April 18, 2023

Course Start: January 10, 2023
Course End: April 18, 2023

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 31
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 34
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

In this course students will confront client problems--framed from the clients and attorneys points of view--more like practicing lawyers do. The course poses questions like: What sort of problems do lawyers solve? How do they solve them? What intellectual constructs do they bring to bear? What practical judgments? Answers to these questions help students combine their knowledge of the law with practical judgment to work with clients toward attaining their goals within the bounds of the law.

During this course students will:
Discuss the ways in which conceptions of professional role identity and styles of lawyering affect role performance and legal practice;
Employ reasoned strategies for analyzing, prioritizing, and solving legal and legally related problems in context (including treating the California Bar Exam's Performance Tests as a problem to be solved);
Identify biases, influences, and feelings that affect one's thinking and that of others when planning, counseling, negotiating or advocating;
Draft memos and other legal documents of the kind prepared by practicing lawyers and demanded on the performance test portion of the bar exam.

These writing exercises will help prepare students for the bar exam.

The course will be taught through case studies (a number of which will be California Bar Performance Test problems), simulations, and readings drawn from psychology, decision making theory, and lawyering theory.

Admission to the course is by application. To receive an application, please email Catharine Schultz at Applications are due to Catharine by noon on Wednesday, November 9. This class is only open to 3L students and LLMs.

Requirements Satisfaction:

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

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Simulation Courses

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