Advanced Client Counseling

This three-credit offering offers in-depth exploration of client counseling. Building upon Fundamental Lawyering Skills, students probe the complexities of the decision-making process in client representations.  Demonstrations and in-class role plays afford students the opportunity to assess challenges that confront the lawyer as counselor.  Drawing upon cutting-edge legal scholarship, this course will elucidate the advantages and limitations of the conventional traditionalist/paternalist and client-centered/client-autonomous counseling modes and will champion the emerging school of “engaged client-centeredness,” a model which represents a reasoned compromise between extremes on the continuum.

Through adherence to the experiential learning approach, the class will realistically replicate the practice setting.  All course simulations find their roots in actual representations that have been minimally modified to safeguard continuing attorney-client privilege and/or work product doctrine obligations.  Upon completion of this seminar, students will possess a more robust understanding of, and appreciation for, an all-too-often underdeveloped skill of transactional and litigation/courtroom practice.

Prerequisite:  Fundamental Lawyering Skills

Credits: 3

Type: SEM

Does this course satisfy the skills requirement? Yes