Success in law school does not guaranty success in the practice of law. Whether working for a firm, an governmental agency, or your own firm, knowing how law offices actually function will be critical for your career. Real world economics, rapidly changing technology, and dynamic human relations will constantly be challenging you. It is your career transition from an academic environment to the working world. Earning a living by providing professional quality legal services is the focal point of this class.
The law school is providing you a solid academic base line. This course is designed to develop technical competence and skills. Exercises will simulate real world experiences. It prepares you for the professional world you enter immediately from law school. It will help you anticipate and adapt to the changing legal environment.
The practice of law is a people business and will require skills in interacting with clients. You will work with staff and support personnel. You will deal with other lawyers and judges. You need communication and management skills to survive in today's competitive marketplace.
You and your peers will learn by exploring real life problems encountered by professionals and how to resolve them. It provides an introduction to fundamental issues faced by recent law graduates in living as attorneys.
The course examines why professional management skills are critical. We explore: how to improve your communication skills; how to manage your client matters and files; how to work with clients and others successfully; how to manage cases and your time; standard billing practices; how to properly manage a trust account; and developing a business/personal plan with budgeting. Students are encouraged to share their experiences. We will explore current issues relevant to your professional career.
Actual practitioners are used to assist you and help you to be confident about your immediate and long-term future as an attorney.