Spring 2022 Course Schedule

Interviewing and Counseling (LAW-650-001)
Marissa Hill

Meets: 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM (W) - Warren - Room N105

Enrolled: 11 / Limit: 16

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This course will focus on the fundamental lawyering skills of interviewing and counseling – services 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 relevant skills, and exposes students to the kinds of problems and ethical issues that can arise when interviewing and 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 through which 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. Class participation and a thorough understanding of the assigned materials will be critical to your success.

Aside from the technical skills and ethical implications of interviewing and counseling clients, we will address and reflect on the importance of considering terminology, tone, trauma, developmental milestones, and cultural awareness/sensitivity in our work.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Required readings and exercises will be distributed via MyWCL or in class at least one week in advance. We will primarily rely on the following texts:

  • Client Interviewing, Counseling, and Decision-Making A Practical Approach Second Edition by G. Nicholas Herman, Melissa A. Essary (Carolina Academic Press 2021) ISBN: 978-1-5310-1791-0
  • The Counselor-at-Law: A Collaborative Approach to Client Interviewing and Counseling Third Edition by Robert F. Cochran, Jr., John DiPippa, Martha Peters (Carolina Academic Press 2014) ISBN: 978-1-63043-066-5

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First Class Readings

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