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MLL411 - Legal Problem Solving and Persuasion

Offered:

Not offered in 2014

Enrolment modes:
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:M Bagaric
Prerequisite:

MLL110, MLL111, MLL213, MLL214, MLL215, MLL217, MLL218, MLL221, MLL323, MLL327, MLL334, MLL335, MLLL391

Corequisite:Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Contact hours:

1 x 3 hour seminar per week

Note:

You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.

Content

Clients instruct lawyers in order to obtain advice relating to transactions (such as setting out businesses) or situations in which they find themselves, such as being sued for money or dealing with a marriage break up. Lawyering is largely about solving problems that are faced by clients. Problem-solving is a complex dynamic. It requires a thorough understanding of the cause and effect systems relating to the transaction and knowledge of the matters that influence and shape outcomes. The capacity to influence other people (whether they are clients, other parties, other lawyers, mediators or judges) is an important skill, and perhaps the single most important trait of an effective lawyer. This unit teaches students how to strategically approach issues faced by clients and (written and oral ) techniques to effectively influence the reasoning and behaviour of other individuals in the legal process, most importantly opposing lawyers and decision makers in the form of tribunal members and judges.

Assessment

Assignment 1 (client interview) 20%, assignment 2 (negotiation) 30%, assignment 3 (moot) 50%

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