Introduction to Advocacy: Ethics and Skills in Clinical Practice

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Meets: M, T, M, T 3:20pm - 4:50pm; M, T, M, T 3:20pm - 4:50pm in WCC Room 3018
3 classroom credits

Required Clinic Component: Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 2L (3 fall credits + 3 spring credits). This clinic and course are bundled – your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: Evidence; Trial Advocacy Workshop. Some seats are reserved for clinical students. Students must be enrolled in the clinic before they are permitted to enroll in one of the reserved clinical seats.
By Permission: Yes. Applications are due to the clinic by March 17, 2013. Applicants are notified of decisions during April.
Add/Drop Deadline: July 19, 2013.
LLM Students: LLM students are not eligible to enroll.
Multi-Semester: This is a fall-spring course (1 fall credit + 1 spring credit).

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.

Enrollment in this course is restricted to 2L Harvard Legal Aid Bureau members. HLAB members in their 2L year in 2013-2014 will automatically be enrolled in this course once HLAB membership is finalized.

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

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice .