Legal Methods II: Problem Solving For Lawyers

Course Information

Course Number
L6130
Curriculum Level
Foundation
Areas of Study
Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution, Clinics, Externships, and Experiential Learning, Commercial Law and Transactions, Criminal Law and Procedure, Intellectual Property and Technology, Lawyering, Property, Real Estate, and Trusts & Estates, Leadership
Type
Lecture
Additional Attributes
Experiential Credit

Section 005 Information

Instructors

Avery Katz Avery W. Katz Milton Handler Professor of Law and Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character

Section Description

This course is intended to help prepare you for the actual practice of law by allowing you to actively engage in the types of discussions and activities that occupy real lawyers every day, combining legal knowledge with practical judgment to help clients attain their goals within the bounds of the law. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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In this workshop-style, you will practice confronting client problems the way lawyers do, from the very beginning, before the facts are all known, before the client's goals are clarified, before the full range of options is explored, and before a course of conduct is chosen. You will undertake these tasks by working in teams on a number of problems drawn from different practice settings. You will write short memos of the kind written by practicing lawyers, identifying facts that need to be gathered, questions the client needs to answer, and options that should be considered, before going on to interpreting laws that impinge on the problem and recommending a course of action. - - -
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A key aspect of the course (reflective of modern legal practice, but not of most traditional first-year law school work) is the expectation that students will work collaboratively and submit their group work product. Deadlines are tight, as they often are for lawyers seeking to respond with immediacy to particular client problems. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Daily attendance and active participation in the team work are required. You will also be asked to fill out assessments that offer constructive feedback to the other members of your team. (The feedback will be anonymized; individual team members will see a summary of their teammates' assessments, but will not be able to see which feedback comes from which teammate.) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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There is no final exam, but there is a short final memo, to be completed individually, that asks you to reflect and debrief on your experiences in the course. This memo should be no more than 500 words, and is due on or before 11:59 pm on Monday, January 31.- -

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Grading will be on a credit/no credit basis. Good faith participation in class and in team meetings, together with completion of team assessments and the final memo, will be sufficient to earn credit. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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For more information, see the full course description at https://courseworks2.columbia.edu/courses/143358/assignments/syllabus

School Year & Semester
January 2022
Dates
January 10 - January 14
Location
JGH 105
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
9:30 - 12:30 pm
Dates
January 10 - January 14
Location
JGH 105
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Points
1
Method of Evaluation
Other
J.D Writing Credit?
No

Learning Outcomes

Primary
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in ethical and professional issues
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in transactional design and value creation
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in various lawyering skills, for example, oral advocacy, legal writing and drafting, legal research, negotiation, and client communication
Secondary
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in doctrinal analysis, including close reading of cases and precedents, and application to facts
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in statutory and regulatory analysis, including close reading of statutes and regulations, and application to facts

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
None
Other Limitations
1L students only

Other Sections of Legal Methods II: Problem Solving For Lawyers

Section 007

School Year & Semester

January 2022

Instructors

Location

JGH 103

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

Location

JGH 103

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Friday

Points

1

Section 001

School Year & Semester

January 2022

Instructors

Location

JGH 107

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Location

JGH 107

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Points

1

Section 008

School Year & Semester

January 2022

Instructors

Location

WJWH 209

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Location

WJWH 209

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Points

1

Section 006

School Year & Semester

January 2022

Instructors

Location

JGH 102a

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Points

1

Section 002

School Year & Semester

January 2022

Instructors

Location

WJWH 208

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Points

1

Section 004

School Year & Semester

January 2022

Instructors

Philip Genty

Philip M. Genty

Everett B. Birch Innovative Teaching Clinical Professor in Professional Responsibility; Vice Dean for Experiential Education

Location

JGH 102b

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Points

1

Section 003

School Year & Semester

January 2022

Instructors

Location

WJWH 207

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Location

WJWH 207

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Points

1
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