Employment Law Workshop: Advocacy Skills: Clinical Seminar

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Fall 2012 Seminar
Meets: W 7:00pm - 9:00pm in WCC Room 3008
2 classroom credits

Co-requisite Clinic: Employment Law Clinic (2-4 Fall credits). Class and clinic enrollment is bundled. Enrollment in one component (e.g. class) will automatically enroll you in the other component (e.g. clinic).
Early Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2012.
LLM Students: This clinic is open to LLM students through an application process.

This course will develop lawyering skills in the context of employment law. After a brief overview of relevant doctrine and procedure, the course will address -- through readings, lectures, and exercises -- skills related to legal writing, oral advocacy, discovery, depositions, negotiations, counseling, and ethics. The course will follow the progress of a typical civil rights lawsuit involving a terminated employee. For example, one class session will require students to engage in a mock deposition of an opposing witness in a hypothetical sex discrimination case, and the next class will require students to engage in a negotiation in the same case. A more general goal of the course is to develop the ability (1) to identify what skills make a lawyer effective, and (2) to implement strategies for independently identifying and improving those critical skills. Because this goal is advanced by exposure to actual lawyering, all students will have a Fall clinical placement with the Employment Law Clinic. The workshop will require completion of an individual or group project that will connect clinical placements with course topics.

Subject Areas: Employment & Labor Law , Procedure & Practice , Regulatory Law .