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

Andrea Matsuoka

Andrea Matsuoka

Lecturer in Law
B.A. Williams College, 2004
J.D. UCLA, 2012
Course Description:

The Epstein Lawyering Skills course teaches students enrolled in the Epstein Program foundational lawyering skills necessary for success as a lawyer in a public interest setting. During this year-long course, students are introduced to the client-centered approach to lawyering, which teaches that the client’s perspective is front and center in the lawyering project. Students learn legal reasoning, basic legal research methods, the structure of persuasive arguments, the fundamentals of written analysis, and oral advocacy, all in the context of public interest practice. The course also supports the development of public interest leadership by fostering a safe and collaborative environment within the first-year curriculum to learn practice-oriented skills that will anchor and strengthen the public service careers of Epstein Program students.

This is a required course for the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and enrollment is limited to Epstein Program students.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Andrea Matsuoka 16F 108A DIS 1D TR 10:35 AM - 12:00 PM 2.0 No No
Andrea Matsuoka 16F 108A DIS 1P TR 9:00 AM - 10:25 AM 2.0 No No
  Section P is limited to students participating in the Public Interest Law Program.
Andrea Matsuoka 17S 108B DIS 1D TR 10:35 AM - 12:00 PM 3.0 No No
Andrea Matsuoka 17S 108B DIS 1P TR 9:00 AM - 10:25 AM 3.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2016 DIS 1D
Course Reader    
REQUIRED
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 Fall 2016 DIS 1P
Course Reader    
REQUIRED
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 1D
Course Reader    
REQUIRED
Textbook for Spring 2017 DIS 1P
Course Reader    
REQUIRED