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Spring 2023

6218 Client Interviewing & Counseling - MARTIN/DAO- 13168

Professor(s): Andrew Dao (ADJUNCT)
Clark Martin (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Blakely Advocacy Simulation 

Time: 5:30p-7:30p  T  Location: 310 

Course Outline: The Client Interviewing and Counseling course will emphasize a “client-centered” approach to interviewing and counseling techniques. The course will touch on the major aspects of the attorney-client relationship, including (1) the initial client interview; (2) billing arrangements; (3) case analysis, development and strategy incorporating the client’s input and expectations; (4) preparing the client for negotiations, depositions, settlement discussions or trial; (5) terminating the attorney-client relationship; and (6) collecting fees. Students will engage in mock interviews and counseling sessions throughout the semester. The professor and classmates will provide constructive feedback after each session that can and should be incorporated into future practice sessions.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)   The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.

Quota = 12


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Conditional Availability (not for required credits)

Course Materials

Special Case

Required Text: None.

Recommended Text:
Binder, David A., Paul Bergman, Susan C. Price and Paul R. Tremblay,
Lawyers as counselors: A Client-Centered Approach, Thomson West, 2nd
ed., 2004. ISBN: 978-0314238160

Herman, G. Nicholas and Jean M. Cary, A Practical Approach to Client
Interviewing, Counseling and Decision-Making: For Clinical Programs
and Practical Skills Courses, Matthew Bender, 2009. ISBN: 978-1422422939

Kriger, Stefan and Richard Neumann, Jr., Essential Lawyering Skills:
Interviewing, Counseling, Negotiation and Persuasive Fact Analysis,
Aspen Publishers, 4th Edition, 2011. ISBN: 978-0735599963

Shaffer, Thomas L. and James R. Elkins, Legal Interviewing and
Counseling in a Nutshell, Thomson West, 2005. ISBN: 978-0314151735

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