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Becoming a Professional: Exploring Skills & Transition into Practice

Law 483



Writing Experience (WE)



This course provides students with a "deep dive" into selected areas of law practice so that they can more fully appreciate the challenges faced by legal professionals in this volatile moment in history. Students will develop crucial lawyering skills not generally addressed in other, including skills in communication, collaboration, problem solving, strategic planning, self-assessment, dealing with diverse people, and reflection. It is anticipated that parallel sections will meet simultaneously at UNC Law School and University of Cincinnati Law School and that students from the two sections will  have the opportunity to work in teams with each other in order to develop collaborative skills.   

This course does not overlap with others. It provides some hands-on instruction in skills, particularly those not widely taught in the law school 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.

It is recommended (but not required) that students have taken professional responsibility or take it concurrently. Students who are enrolled in clinical or externship offerings during fall semester are encouraged not to enroll in this course in order to give others opportunities to access skills offerings and to manage time commitments.

C. Pistolis (Adjunct), J. Wegner

Fall, Spring
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