Introduction to Advocacy: Skills and Ethics in Clinical Practice

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Meets: T, T, M 3:20pm - 4:50pm in WCC Room 3019
3 classroom credits

Co-requisite Clinic: Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 2L (3 Fall credits + 3 Spring 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).
Pre- or Co-requisite: Evidence. Students must enroll in Evidence separately from the clinic enrollment (there is no clinic preference or priority to enroll in Evidence).
Early Add/Drop Deadline: TBD.
Multi-Term: Fall-Spring class (1 Fall credit + 1 Spring credit).
LLM Students: Due to Massachusetts court practice rules, LLM students are not eligible to enroll in this class or its required clinic.
By Permission: Enrollment is limited to 2L members of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Apply by March 22, 2012.

This course introduces students to civil law practice and is required for all 2L members of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Student practice experience at the Bureau is the primary material for all class meetings and discussions. The goals of the course are: (1) to provide a strong foundation for developing lawyering skills; (2) to enhance student understandings of what lawyers do, with particular attention to professional role, values, and ethics; and (3) to develop skills of peer and self-assessment so that students will have the ability to continue to learn in practice after law school. The majority of class meetings will focus on specific lawyering tasks such as client counseling and interviewing, investigation of claims, negotiation, and argument and case presentation. With respect to each skill studied, attention will be paid to the ethical, relational, strategic, and tactical issues involved. Additional class sessions, led by Bureau Clinical Instructors, will provide opportunities for analysis of the substantive and procedural law applicable to the students' clinical practice; development of litigation skills through role-play exercises; and rounds of discussions of challenging issues in the students' casework.

There will be no examination, but students will be expected to complete a series of reflection papers and a project or paper that addresses an ethical or professional issue in their casework or that arises in the weekly class meetings or course readings.

The classroom component of this clinical course satisfies the Law School's professional responsibility requirement.

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice .