Law Practice Management - Assistant Dean Devra, Hermosilla, Course Number: LAW-497 , Course Type: Foundational , Credits: 2 , Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar , The educational objectives of the Law Practice Management class are to prepare our students to enter the practice of law. The concepts learned in the class apply—in a practical, ethical, and professional fashion—to key issues that arise in the practice of law, particularly, in legal practice management. As such, this course is not only a vital course for students who plan to enter private practice as a solo or small-firm practitioner, but to all practicing lawyers. The practice of law involves not only acquisition of professional knowledge and skills that allow the attorney to deliver a legal product, but also the management of those legal products and the development of leadership, decision-making, administrative, business, and financial management.
Students will use and develop their skills in legal research, analysis, writing, and oral presentation to accomplish the following course objectives. Students will learn the fundamentals of law practice management, including but not limited to: Opening and maintaining their law practice, building and maintaining a client base, addressing ethical issues, developing professionally, achieving balance and well-being, exploring career and practice opportunities, organizing files and information, handling firm finances, including client trust accounts, complying with legal and professional business compliance requirements, managing people and technology, developing business, attracting and retaining clients, and running an organized practice with low overhead. Students will address ethical and business issues commonly faced in law practice.