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Fall 2023

5314 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - B1 - THORNTON- 12812

Professor(s): Nicole Thornton (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section B 

Time: 9:00a-10:30a-M  2:30p-4:00p-TH  Location: 213 

Course Outline: Lawyering Skills and Strategies I will focus on an introduction to the American legal system and the underlying skills and strategies lawyers must possess to succeed within it. By working through problems inside and outside of the classroom, you will learn to identify legal issues; gather initial facts from the client; locate and assess the governing law; analyze legal issues within the context of particular fact patterns; cite to the governing law; and write clear and concise documents that communicate your legal analysis. And, in all matters, you will be expected to uphold the ethical and professional standards of a lawyer-in-training.

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.

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First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 12/01 9am-noon  213    

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Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Required Course)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: George W. Kuney & Donna C. Looper, Mastering Legal Analysis and Drafting (2009), ISBN: 978-1594606281; The Bluebook: A Uniform system of Citation (your preference: online or print version); The Greenbook: Texas Rules of Form, ISBN: 978-1878674111

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