Becoming a Professional: Exploring Skills & Transition into Practice

Law 483



Writing Experience (WE)



This course operates on three levels.  It introduces students to the historical values of the legal profession, the pressures for change now at work, and the characteristics of various paths in the profession of particular interest to students.  In addition, the course helps students develop a range of "soft skills" important in law practice but not typically taught (various forms of written and oral communication, research, teamwork, dealing with diverse people, reflection, and work with court documents/legal forms and software that supports automated document production).  Finally, the course seeks to help students explore their own hopes and plans for a future within the profession, using reflection, discussion and a day-long retreat with law alumni chosen to match student interests.

This course does not overlap with others. It provides some hands-on instruction in skills, particularly those not widely taught in the law school but that relate to transactional practice. Courses in interviewing/counseling and negotiation provide more in-depth coverage of these topics but generally will not overlap. Some coverage relating to trends facing the legal profession may to an extent overlap with Prof. Conley's "law firm" course.

There are no prerequisites.

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