Mastering the Performance Test (SD 644)
Mastering the Performance Test is a two-unit course designed to enhance students' critical thinking and writing skills. Students will analyze case and library files just like those on the California Bar Exam's performance tests. Although the legal topics will not be the focus of the course, students will encounter issues not usually covered in law school, but often encountered on the bar exam and in law practice. In addition, students will learn about the various kinds of documents they will be expected to write for the performance test and in law practice as well. This course satisfies the Professional Skills requirement. Class sessions will focus on techniques for efficiently reading and analyzing case and library files, organizing file material, and drafting documents for a specific audience. Students will be introduced to various audiences including the supervisor; the court; opposing counsel; the client; and other audiences such as boards, committees, juries, etc. Students should expect to practice these techniques in class and under time pressure. The course will be especially helpful for students who have not had an opportunity to clerk or to participate in an externship while in law school.
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