Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Practical Lawyering Skills

371 | 2.0 credits


Practical Lawyering Skills is a two-unit, second-year course designed to enhance students' critical thinking and writing skills. Admission to the course is by invitation only. The course will be especially helpful for students who have not had an opportunity to clerk or to participate in an externship while in law school. Students will analyze case and library files like those found on the California Bar Exam's performance tests. While the legal topics will not be the focus of the course, students will likely encounter issues not usually covered in law school, but often encountered in law practice. Class sessions will focus on techniques for efficiently reading and analyzing case and library files, organizing the material, and drafting documents for a specific audience, all under strict time constraints.