Small Firm Civil Practice

Law 497



Writing Experience (WE)



Small Firm Civil Practice is a transition to practice course that allows students to gain competencies in multiple different practice areas. Students work on practical skills in those areas of civil law that small firm practitioners are most likely to encounter while also learning practice management methods.

Specifically, the course touches on family law, trusts and estates, real estate practice, civil litigation, and small business representation. Of course, the class is not a comprehensive study of any of those practice areas; instead, it focuses on real-life legal situations that students are most likely to encounter in practice. For example, in the trusts and estates unit, students will work on drafting a will as well as learning what is required during the probate process.

The course also teaches students important practice management skills, and students will learn about resources that are available for the small firm practitioner. Students also deal with ethical considerations that are unique to the small practice, such as maintaining an IOLTA account and crafting retention letters that are tailored to the firm.

Finally, students will work on important law practice skills, including negotiation, client interviewing, working with AOC forms, and discovery preparation.

Small Firm Civil Practice will touch on a number of practice areas including, but not limited to:

Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Contracts, Family Law, Professional Responsibility, Trusts and Estates, Torts, Trial Advocacy.

L. Everett, S. Everett (Adjunct)

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