Course Details

Client Strategies

This is the first course offering designed through the work of the Northwestern Pritzker Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/research-faculty/practice-engagement/. New lawyers must become strategic partners for their clients earlier in their careers than ever before. They must provide superb legal services in a way that is sensitive to each client’s individual needs and goals. This course is intended to provide students with a multidisciplinary approach to learning the skills necessary to craft solutions to legal problems in a client –relevant context. Centered on a single hypothetical client matter, over the course of four days, students will encounter a variety of exercises aimed at developing skills across a wide range of subject areas: organizational behavior and decision-making, project management, law firm economics and operations, and business development and marketing. In addition to direct classroom instruction modules, students each day will engage in simulation exercises designed to allow them to practice these new skills in the context of working with and serving a client. Teaching Methods Under the direction of Prof. Lupo, the course will be led by a corps of experts in the covered subject areas as well as experienced practitioners as client facilitators. Each day will begin with direct content delivery on a different topic. A subject area expert will teach each of these content modules. Each afternoon, students will convene in groups of 5-6 and the groups will be paired with a facilitator. Facilitators will play the role of the client for problem simulations. Each student group will then prepare a deliverable responding to the day’s client simulation. Evaluation Methods The course will be two credits, pass/no credit. Credit will be awarded for successful completion of each day’s assignment. Class will meet on the following dates: Class meets: • Monday, December 18, 9am-4pm • Tuesday, December 19, 9am-4pm • Wednesday, December 20, 9am-4pm • Thursday, December 21, 9am-4pm LAST DAY TO DROP without receiving a “W”: Friday, December 15 at 11:59pm

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 711
Additional Course Information: Experiential Learning


Course History

Winter 2017
Title: Client Strategies
Faculty: Lupo, James A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 30     Actual: 30