The Lawyer as Advisor: Case Studies in Practical Lawyering and Counseling

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THU 4:15 - 6:05 pm JON 5.257

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This get-your-hands-dirty experience provides practical training in the art and craft of identifying compound legal issues, assessing risk, formulating legal advice, solving thorny problems, and giving sage and reasoned counsel—all of which sets conditions for success in the real world. 

Students will work through the analysis of case studies that involve difficult legal, organizational, and personal stakes.  Some of the case studies will be drawn from military settings, and at times may offer a glimpse into some of the distinctive challenges that arise in that environment globally.  However, the deep lessons of the course are entirely applicable to the practice of law in all other settings and beyond.  In addition to participation in highly-interactive class sessions, students will complete a series of written analyses (craft legal advice) regarding multilayered, real-world-based fact scenarios. 

The course will contemplate nuanced issues involving investigations, ethics, criminal law, leadership, business, administrative law, the digital-age, litigation, international law, management, and more.  Ultimately, during our quality time together, we will share various perspectives and collectively figure out how to proceed in complex circumstances—what to say, advise, and actually do. 

Students will have fun and be challenged and stretched as we endeavor into all sorts of relevant things that are not usually taught in law school.

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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
01/11/2023 Room(s) changed