Narration and Problem Solving for Litigation

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MON, WED 6:00 - 9:00 pm TNH 3.140

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Whether you are going to trial, arbitration, or mediation, your case has to have a theme. Your discovery plan, witness prep, and documents have to have legal relevance and narrative traction to stick. Narrative is crucially important for persuasion in business settings as well. It's how we naturally process information as humans. We know we need a theme and theory, a story, a way to move decision-makers to act, but how do we do it? This class borrows from the Creative Problem Solving method but uses it in a unique way, teaching students how to design and develop a process to generate and evaluate narratives to best solve their clients' problems. Students work in small groups to practice and cement each phase of the process, receiving direct feedback from highly-experienced lawyers and communication professionals who do this every day. This is truly learning to think and communicate like an expert lawyer. The transferrable skills students acquire in this class provide a framework that will serve them in various capacities throughout their careers. 1-Hour Pass/Fail. Class Schedule: This 1 credit hour class will meet for five total sessions from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Prerequisite or Concurrent: Advocacy Survey & Evidence.