Spring 2023
6207 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - C1 - HEARD- 12961

Professor(s): Whitney Heard (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])

Credits: 2

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section C 

Time: T-1:00p-2:00p  TH- 2:00p-3:00p  Location: 311 

Course Outline: 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: (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.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

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

Required Textbooks: The required books for Spring 2023 include the following:

An Advocate Persuades (1st ed. 2016), by Joan Malmud Rocklin et al. The ISBN is 978-1-61163-150-0.
Students may purchase or rent a print or eBook version of this text.
They should *NOT* purchase or rent the second edition that is forthcoming in December 2022.

An Introduction to Contract Drafting (2d ed. 2013), by William K. Sjostrom, Jr. (2d ed. 2013). The ISBN is 9780314287236.
Students may purchase or rent a print or eBook version of this text.

The Greenbook: Texas Rules of Form (15th ed. 2022). The ISBN is 978-1-878674-11-1.
Students should purchase a print version of this *NEW* edition of The Greenbook.

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (21st ed. 2020), published by the Harvard Law Review Association. The ISBN is 978-0-578-66615-0.
Students should purchase a print version of The Bluebook.

Recommended Textbook: The recommended book for Spring 2022 is the following:
Manual on Usage & Style (15th ed. 2020), published by the Texas Law Review Association. The ISBN is 1-878674-59-5. https://law.utexas.edu/publications/books/manual-on-usage-and-style-mous/
Students may buy the print version.