Law Practice Management

Class Information Spring 2021

  • 2 units
  • Class No.: 26294
  • Meets: Monday
  • Time: 5:40 pm - 7:20 pm
  • Location: online
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  • Course Description
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Michelle Galloway

Adjunct Professor

Law Practice Management

Course Description:

The course will introduce students to the business aspects of the legal profession including the marketplace for legal services in today’s economy. The topics addressed will include: forms of law practice (including non-traditional alternatives), strategic planning, client development (marketing, client intake, conflicts), law office management, financial accounting, and risk management. Each student will create and present a business development and practice management plan. The goal of the course is to give each student a running start with a business development plan and specific strategies for developing their practice, regardless of the type of the substantive area or environment in which they choose to practice.

Class Notes:

This course teaches students to think about law as a business and legal services as the product, whether in private practice, government, or public interest.  The course focuses on both “soft” and “hard” skills. Students will learn about the economics of law practice, including forecasting demand for legal services and competition from non-traditional alternatives; financial management; team dynamics and leadership; effectively communicating with clients, colleagues, other parties, and tribunals; client development and service; and risk management. Assignments and simulations will demonstrate and model various skills. Course enrollment is limited to 20 3Ls.