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Winter 2024 Course

The Craft of Lawyering

Note: This course is restricted to first-year J.D. students only.

The drop deadline for 1L January Experiential Term (JET) classes is December 1, 2023. Students may not drop a course if they do not have an offer to enroll in a different JET course.

1L JET courses are intensive learning courses. Class attendance is required in each course every day of the term. Students should make their travel plans accordingly. Students should not take on other work commitments during the term.

Exam Type: No Exam

We will use a series of case studies to explore the role of litigators and the craft of lawyering. The problems will involve issues of privacy, cybersecurity, federal statutory and constitutional law and intellectual property and will arise in both the civil and criminal context. We will engage in a series of exercises to explore the analytical, writing, presentation and negotiation skills necessary to effectively perform the multiple roles of lawyers. While the case studies are primarily litigation-focused, the information discussed and skills taught will be applicable in many different contexts.

Note: There may be days throughout the winter term that require attendance beyond the scheduled times. Please refer to the course syllabus and page for more information.