Skills Courses

Advanced Legal Research (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 664 builds on the basic research skills and techniques covered in the basic course, Legal Research, this course offers students an opportunity to gain in-depth working knowledge of legal research resources and methods. This course is intended to develop a mastery of legal research beyond the level of the standard first year curriculum. The course will cover several major areas of legal research, including, but not limited to, extensive coverage of primary and secondary sources, practice and specialized topical resources, international law, cost-effective legal research, legislative history and administrative law, legal resources on the Internet and advanced training on LEXIS and WESTLAW. Course objectives are: 1) to expand students’ skills in primary and secondary US legal sources, in all formats; 2) to teach students how to evaluate resources and use them effectively, with particular emphasis on cost-effective research; 3) to help students develop efficient online research skills; 4) to introduce students to some non-legal information resources. Students are required to complete weekly research assignments and a comprehensive research assignment. This is an online course, and the law school’s distance education policy applies.

Advanced Persuasive Writing and Oral Advocacy (2 cr.) D/N 522 explores advanced techniques in persuasive writing and oral advocacy. The course assignments will cover civil and criminal matters in a trial court setting. P: Legal Analysis, Research, and Communication I and II (DN520 and DN521).

Basic Contract Drafting (2 cr.) D/N 538 This course provides introductory training in the basic techniques of contract drafting. Through classroom discussion, reading assignments, in-class exercises, and drafting assignments, students will learn about different contract concepts; how to translate agreed terms into enforceable provisions that concisely and precisely reflect the contracting parties' intent; and how to draft a logically organized contract in plain English. This course is not available to students who have completed LARC III. P: Completion of Contracts and Sales I & II and LARC I & II.

Interviewing and Counseling (2 cr.) D/N 606 covers interviewing and counseling in the context of legal representation. The course addresses theories and techniques used in interviewing and counseling, utilizing simulation exercises.

Lawyering Practice (2 cr.) D/N 701 is a simulation-based course exploring pretrial planning and preparation skills and values in the context of the attorney-client relationship. Legal relationships, interviewing, counseling, investigation, negotiation, mediation, discovery, and pleadings are considered. Students who enroll at any time in this course may not enroll in Litigation Drafting.

Litigation Drafting (2 cr.) D/N 539 This course focuses on drafting complaints, answers, motions, interrogatories, and other documents required to prepare a case for trial. Trial and post-trial motions may be included. Students will conduct legal research and fact investigation in simulated cases or scenarios. Strategic decisions in case development and the ethics of advocacy will be considered. Students who enroll at any time in this course may not enroll in Lawyering Practice, and this course is not available to students who have completed LARC III.

Public Policy Mediation within State Government (2 cr.) D/N 714 offers students mediation training, instruction on substantive aspects of public policy mediation in the state government setting, and the opportunity to participate in the mediation process within Indiana's state government. S This course meets for eight hours daily for one week prior to each semester. While students may enroll in this course or in Mediation (DN 876) or in Mediation Practice (DN___), they may not receive credit for more than one of these courses.

Trial Practice (3 cr.) D/N 718 covers trial procedures from selection of jury through opening statements, presentation of evidence, preservation of error, cross-examination, closing argument, and instructions. Students participate in simulated cases. Prerequisite: Evidence. Limited enrollment.


Other Skills Courses

The Moot Court Program encourages the development of skills in oral advocacy and recognizes those students who excel in developing those skills.

Each fall semester the School of Law conducts the Intramural Moot Court Competition (DN746) in which all students who have completed Legal Writing I and II are eligible to participate. The participants in the competition develop and prepare oral arguments for presentation before a hypothetical appellate court. All students who participate in the competition become members of the Moot Court Society. Those students who are most successful in the competition become members of the school's Order of Barristers, and are then eligible to serve on teams that represent the school in regional and national moot court competitions in subsequent semesters.

The governing board of the Moot Court Society, which runs the intramural competition and also provides the student coaches of the national teams, is chosen from the Order of Barristers.

Client Counseling Board (1 cr. S/F) D/N 864 Board members will be selected from among participants in the prior year's Client Counseling Competition. Board members will draft counseling problems, assist in the instruction and critique of competition participants, and provide assistance in the organization and administration of the Client Counseling Competition. Participation on the board in both the fall and spring semesters is required for credit.

Client Counseling Board of Directors (1 cr.) D/N 864 Client Counseling Board members taking this course for a graded credit are selected from those eligible Board members following interviews with the faculty and will serve as Directors of the Board and the Intraschool Competition, Judge Acquisition, and Judging Procedures Committees. The directors are charged with overseeing all activities related to conducting the competition. With the faculty advisor's permission, other members of the Client Counseling Board may earn 1 credit hour by working a minimum of 60 hours related to competition activities.

Intramural Moot Court Competition (1 cr.) D/N 746 Students research and prepare a brief and oral arguments in preparation for participation in the intramural moot court competition. Full-time students who wish to become members of a national moot court team, and subsequently serve as a national team coach or as a Moot Court Board member, should take Intramural Moot Court Competition during their second year. Full-time students who take Intramural Moot Court Competition in their third year may be considered for national teams during their final semester. Part-time students who wish to become members of a national moot court team, and subsequently serve as a national team coach or as a Moot Court Board member, should take Intramural Moot Court Competition no later than their third year. Part-time students who take Intramural Moot Court Competition in their fourth year may be considered for national teams during their final semester. (More info about Moot Court can be found at: http://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/practice/moot-court/)

Moot Court Board (1 cr.) D/N 748 Students who have excelled in the Intramural Moot Court Competition are eligible for the Moot Court Board. Members taking this course for credit usually include the chief justice and the justices in charge of the Intramural Moot Court Competition. These justices are selected by the outgoing Moot Court Board from the members of the Order of Barristers. With the faculty advisor’s permission, other members of the Moot Court Society may earn 1 credit hour by working a minimum of 60 hours in moot court activities. (More info about Moot Court can be found at: http://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/practice/moot-court/)

Moot Court in International Commercial Arbitration (2 cr.) D/N 753 Participants work on the case provided for the Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. The most qualified participants register as the Robert H. McKinney School of Law team and travel to Vienna, Austria to represent the school in the orals.

National Moot Court Competitions (1 cr.) D/N 750 These competitions are open to members of the Order of Barristers or to other students at the discretion of the Moot Court Advisor. National competition teams include students who coach the teams and students who prepare briefs and present oral arguments in regional and national rounds of the competitions against teams from other law schools. (More info about Moot Court can be found at: http://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/practice/mootcourt/)

Trial Advocacy Competition (1 cr.) D/N 745 A spring semester Trial Advocacy Competition course is open to eight students selected by audition held during the fall semester. Members of the course represent the law school at regional and national trial competitions. Auditions are open to students who have completed Evidence (DN632) and Trial Practice (DN718). Course participation requires a minimum of 60 hours of trial preparation and related activity. The course is graded.