The Lawyering Method does not offer recipes or blueprints. Rather than offering step-by-step instruction in how to accomplish a task, it offers students concepts and vocabularies that they may draw upon in finding their own way. With their attention drawn to the components of a lawyering task and to principles that might guide their management, students are prepared to make informed choices rather than follow prescribed paths.
In an assignment phase, students take on a hypothetical case that challenges them to undertake the tasks under study within a constellation of real world dynamics they will encounter in practice. In this phase the learners are provided with the context of the imagined scenario and given the chance to think through potential approaches and tactics. Assignments are given in role by faculty acting as supervising attorneys. They present a problem and offer leads and guidance in solving it, but leave ample room for students to exercise discretion.
In a planning phase, students engage in collaborative, strategic planning to meet the challenge. They discuss the problems posed by the scenario at hand and weigh approaches they might take during the simulation.
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