Law 108A/B - Lawyering Skills: Theory and Practice

Deirdre P. Lanning

Deirdre P. Lanning

Lecturer in Law
B.A. Colgate University, 2000
J.D. UCLA School of Law, 2008

UCLA Law Faculty Since 2013
Course Description:

Lawyering Skills is the students’ foundational clinical course and focuses on practice-oriented legal analysis. During this yearlong course students develop the analytic skill set needed by practicing lawyers and desired by legal employers.  Students are introduced to fundamentals of legal reasoning, the structure of objective and persuasive arguments, effective written analysis, legal research methods, statutory interpretation, compelling oral advocacy, fact investigation, client counseling, and negotiation.  These analytic skills are taught using the clinical method, with the client’s perspective firmly in mind and with the students learning by acting as lawyers.  By learning how to function as practicing lawyers, students can succeed in their summer jobs, and in their careers when they graduate.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Deirdre Lanning 16F 108A DIS 1C TR 3:20 PM - 4:45 PM 2.0 No No
Deirdre Lanning 17S 108B DIS 1C M 10:35 AM - 12:00 PM
W 3:20 PM - 4:45 PM
3.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2016 DIS 1C
Course Reader    
Harvard Law Review Association. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation  20th ed.  
ISBN: 9780692400197. Harvard Law Review Association. REQUIRED $38.75
Wydick, Richard C. Plain English for Lawyers  5th ed.  
ISBN: 9781594601514. Carolina Academic Press. REQUIRED $22.00
Textbook for Spring 2017 DIS 1C
Course Reader