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MLL411 - Legal Problem Solving and Persuasion

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:M Mc Shane
Prerequisite:

MLL110, MLL111, MLL213, MLL214, MLL215, MLL217, MLL218, MLL221, MLL323, MLL327, MLL334, MLL335, MLL391

Corequisite:Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 3 hour seminar from Weeks 5 to 11 and

2 day campus workshop in weeks 1 & 2 of Trimester (Burwood (Melbourne)

and Waterfront (Geelong))

Cloud(online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin

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

Assessment 1 (Individual) - Reflective professional perspective on valued capabilities (1500 words) - 15%,

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Oral communication (Interviewing and Mediation) - 1 hour presentation and 1000 words - 50%,

Assessment 3 (Individual) - Critical essay on professionalism and problem solving in the context of changing professional practice (3500 words) - 35%

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