The Civil Lawyering Process course, offered in the fall semester in conjunction with the Civil Clinic, is designed to supplement work performed in the live-client component of the clinic and to provide familiarity with legal, strategic, and ethical problems commonly experienced in practice. The class provides a forum for students to practice their lawyering skills and reflect on their lawyering experiences. The course addresses topics of civil litigation-i.e., interviewing, drafting pleadings and motions, factual investigation, and negotiation-as well as legal ethics, relevant substantive law, and particular challenges of poverty law and public interest practice. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship between theory and practice, as well as to the formulation of the lawyer's professional identity.
Evidence is a prerequisite.
The Civil Clinic and Civil Lawyering Process must be taken concurrently in the fall semester.