Lawyers and Clients: Interviewing & Counseling (LAW-650-001)
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This course will focus on the fundamental lawyering skills of interviewing and counseling -- skills essential to the practice of law. Through interactive discussion, simulation exercises, and role-playing, this course provides students with a basic model for interviewing and counseling, provides the opportunity to practice the skills involved, and exposes students to the kinds of problems and ethical issues that can arise when counseling clients.
Skills addressed in the interviewing segment include: active listening, question formulation, preliminary problem identification, development of a chronological overview, theory development, and concluding the interview. The counseling segment addresses the process that the lawyer assists the client in making decisions by clarifying the client's objectives, identifying potential strategies and solutions and their likely consequences and, when appropriate, providing advice. We will also touch on the selection of clients after the interview. Class participation and a thorough understanding of the assigned materials will be crucial to your success.
Aside from the technical skills and ethical implications of interviewing and counseling clients, we will endeavor to address and reflect on the importance of considering terminology, tone, trauma, developmental milestones and cultural awareness/sensitivity in our work.
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