Advising and Problem Solving for Lawyers Engaged with Communities

Section 1ZO, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 6/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

Students in this seminar will learn about aspects of the lawyer’s role in counseling and problem solving for organizations and community groups through readings and critiques, discussion and short written assignments or reflections, and simulation exercises. Topics will include the lawyer’s comparative historical roles in advising entities, social justice movements and organizing; examination and application of “rebellious lawyering” and other alternative approaches to community lawyering; and ethical and practical issues associated with being a lawyer advising an entity, community group or coalition of stakeholders. Students will then learn an approach to team-based problem solving in partnership with small community-based organizations, applying these principles. Final group project will be to develop a project plan for studying potential solutions for an organization based on simulated client interviews and information.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None
Final Exam Notes:


Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be graded, in part, on short written assignments and reflections.

Other Work
Students will be graded, in part, on simulation exercises.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: While many lecture and discussion classes will be in person, classes that require interviews or small group work may be fully online.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
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Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
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