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Advanced Professional Skills Development

Pre-requisite: Take an online diagnostic test. This course is designed to teach students how to apply the law to situations and problems that arise during the course of their legal training, on the bar exam, and in practice. The course focuses on the following skills, among others, with special emphasis on how to employ these skills in the context of the bar exam: writing about situations that involve multiple topics within the law; "issue-spotting" and avoiding irrelevant facts; breaking down factual analysis into parts; and recognizing arguments on both sides of an issue. These skills will be taught in the context of four substantive legal areas that will be customized according the needs and aptitudes of the class as a whole.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:
Letter grade with pass/fail option available.Students' grades will be determined by a combination of the following: multiple-choice questions and essay writing exercises to be completed during the semester; a midterm examination (1 essay and 25 multiple-choice questions); and a final examination.