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Lawyering in Real Time

Lawyering in Real Time: JURIST WORKSHOP
Lawyering in Real Time: JURIST WORKSHOP
Term: Spring Term 2011-12 (2124)
Catalog Number: 5317
Class Number: 23855
Room: LAW G46.
Class Schedule:
  • W 4:30 PM -6:20 PM
  • Instructor: Jaclyn M. Belczyk
    Type: Lecture
    Credits: 2.0 Credits
    Catalog Requirements: "W" Writing.
    Enrollment Limit: 12.
    Priority: Limited Enrollment - 3rd Year Priority

    Course Description from Course Catalog 5317

    Additional Info

    Students will be taught

    • how to quickly obtain primary documents and other reliable information directly from courts and other legal players;
    • how to keep up with rapidly changing and accumulating information streams as legal issues develop and shift in real time;
    • how to effectively read, filter and evaluate masses of unfamiliar online material;
    • how to differentiate fact and opinion;
    • how to identify, avoid and combat misinformation;
    • how to leverage a variety of online tools to write and communicate with legal audiences of various sorts (e.g. clients, policymakers, the public);
    • how to present information effectively and argue persuasively in online environments; and
    • how to work with colleagues and peers in “virtual teams” delivering information and services over long and short distances under heavy time pressure.

    There is no textbook for this workshop. Instead, students can find all assigned readings online or on reserve at the library reference desk.


    Grading will be based on in-class individual and team research exercises and a series of short weekly written assignments. Frequent and intensive feedback will be provided to help students improve as the semester progresses.

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