Law 713 - Interviewing and Counseling


Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

Susan Gillig



General Course Description:

This five unit clinic is open to a maximum of twelve students. The class meets twice a week for a total of three hours and has a placement component at a community based legal service organization. The class is graded. Students who have taken Law 703 will not be allowed to take this course due to overlap in course content. This version of the clinic provides more in-depth training on interviewing and counseling techniques than the four-unit Law703.

The course explores basic interviewing and counseling concepts in the litigation context. In the classroom, students will engage in role-plays and discussions that explore models of what lawyers should do when interviewing and counseling clients and how to work with witnesses. Students will do three lengthy simulated exercises out of class. These will be critiqued by an instructor.

The lawyering models will be further explored through the field experience which consists of working an average of 8 hours each week at a community legal service organization of your choice. On the first day of class, representatives from various legal services offices will describe the opportunities at their placements. However, students can work at other legal services offices in the Los Angeles area that do direct client service work and whose lawyers are willing to provide an appropriate level of supervision. (Subject areas might include landlord tenant disputes, immigration issues, general consumer problems, children’s rights, family law matters.)

There will be an application for this clinic.

Course Information:


This course is not offered in 2013 - 2014.


Previous Course Offerings:


​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Susan Gillig 12S 713 LEC 1 MW 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM 5.0 No No


Categories: Alternative Dispute Resolution; Civil Litigation; Family Law; Prof Resp & The Legal Profession; Skills Courses;