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Challenges of Government Lawyers: How to Be an Effective Advocate in and Outside the Courtroom (2)

Counseling and representing public agencies and officials present unique and interesting challenges for a lawyer. Practice in the public sector provides some of the most interesting and satisfying legal work available, but it also presents special challenges, which this course will seek to explore. Depending on the official or agency represented, a public lawyer must master an array of substantive areas of the law, e.g., constitutional requirement, civil rights, privacy, and immunities. Professional responsibility issues and other concerns such as identifying the actual client (e.g., the agency, the agency head, the governor, president, the public) and applying the attorney/client privilege to agency clients, also present challenges. The course contains a “trial practice” element, which will require standard legal analysis in these areas, but the course will equally focus on the skills needed to understand a client’s legitimate needs and provide helpful legal advice and counsel.

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Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course

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