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Winter 2011 Class Descriptions

As of 6/17/2018 5:49:02 AM

Client Counseling

Client Counseling: Interviewing, Counseling and Decision-Making

Most lawyers agree that practicing law would be much simpler without

(autonomous) clients. But then, practice would be without purpose:

whom would we represent? This intensive workshop course focuses on the

realities of working with clients, from the initial lawyer-client

interview through the challenges of counseling the fully informed

client toward wise and ethical decision-making. Short exercises,

presentations, video, and role simulations will focus upon how to

communicate legal concepts, conduct interest-based inquiry and advice,

work with client emotion and psychology, and introduce basic risk

analysis. We will touch upon effective use of voice, gesture, and body

language in the lawyer-client counseling context. Finally, we will

address the most difficult counseling challenge: how to give a client

bad news while maintaining client rapport, trust, and confidence.

After the workshop, each student will complete an individual (30

minute) final counseling skills exercise with an actor-client and the

professor, who will provide coaching and constructive feedback during

the session. (The coaching is active and intended to focus on each

student's strengths and challenges. During the session, students will

be encouraged to try alternative strategies, phrasing, or styles that

may be more effective.) A lunchtime wrap up session for the workshop

group will be scheduled after all students have completed their final

counseling skills exercises.

Students will be evaluated based on class participation, completion of

a simple risk analysis, and the final skills exercise.

2.00 hours