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Spring 2015
6207 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - C2 - RACHLIN- 20301

Professor(s): Susan Rachlin (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])

Credits: 2

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section C 

Time: 2:00p-2:50p T  9:30a-10:20a F  Location: 213  BLB

Course Outline: Spring 2015
6207 Lawyering Skills and Strategies – C2 - RACHLIN-
Professor(s): SUSAN RACHLIN (CLINICAL FACULTY)
Credits: 2
Course Areas: 1st Year - Section C
Course Outline: Lawyering Skills and Strategies II will focus on legal writing in litigation and transactional contexts and the skills and strategic planning lawyers must possess to succeed within actual lawyering experiences. The curriculum will be problem – based, using fact-pattern simulations to enable students to work through actual practice skills and strategies and ethical issues. Training in essential lawyering skills such as oral communication, legal writing, research, and analysis will be embedded within fact pattern simulations involving typical litigation and transactional issues that students will work through to develop lawyering skills and problem-solving strategies. Students at times will be assigned to represent opposing sides of the problem.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   12.18.14- UPDATE:
For the Spring 15 semester, students will need to purchase Texas Rules of Form (The GreenBook) 12th ed., ISBN: 978-1-878-674081

Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments: First-day Assignment Spring Semester
Lawyering Skills & Strategies

Please research the following questions:

1. If an intoxicated person is driving and mistakenly or accidentally (as opposed to intentionally) strikes a pedestrian and kills the person, what statutory crime can the person be charged with in Texas? What is the citation of the Texas statute?

2. If the driver is or is not intoxicated, is an automobile considered per se a deadly weapon in Texas?


Choose any two of the following methods to do this research assignment: (1) Library;
(2) WestlawNext; (3) Lexis Advance; or (4) Bloomberg Law. For each method, please carefully keep track of your research path and which specific search terms you used. Be prepared to discuss in our first class.

In addition to completing the research assignment, pick up a new Supplemental Readings Packet in the LSS Suite after Jan 14th. Please bring your Bluebooks and laptops to our first class.

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:
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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Course Materials (1/12/2015 1:33:37 PM)

Book(s) Required

ONLY ONE ADDITIONAL BOOK IS REQUIRED FOR SP15: THE GREENBOOK- TEXAS RULES OF FORM, ISBN: 978187674081 STUDENTS WILL ALL THE SAME BOOKS PURCHASED IN THE FALL 14 SEMESTER.