The workshops will be based on a series of business and legal case studies giving law students the opportunity to put into practice what they learn at university when representing their client. It will show them how to analyse cases, create workable strategies, predict the other side’s arguments and present their findings and proposals. Students will be organised into groups for practical discussions, expected to comment and take part in debates and negotiations. They will learn to stagger the contents of their arguments and create conditions for a successful result for their client.
The workshops will show students how to:
- analyse business and legal case studies
- write reports and proposals
- research and prepare oral arguments.
- tailor their arguments to their target
- produce winning arguments
- put forward their cases
- find defects in opposing side’s arguments
- convince justices and other parties.
Business case studies
Analysing and reporting
This series of workshops will interest law students looking to improve their team-working, negotiating and target setting skills. Students will simulate legal business environments by working in teams towards common and individual (or departmental) goals. They will learn to face the customer/supplier, negotiate, compromise and re-evaluate. Their main aim is to find common ground with their counterpart in order to draw up a contract which is profitable to both parties.
Students will be put into opposing groups where they will simulate a negotiation that will cover, for example, total value of the contract, quantity and quality of goods, prices, payment terms, discounts, delivery, guarantees, etc. Other students will represent a company director who will assess the results of his/her negotiating team.
The simulation in class for each business case is worth a maximum of 10 points. Results, ability to convince the opposite side and establish a profitable partnership will be awarded.
Legal case studies
Analysing and reporting
Students will be put into groups and asked to represent the two opposing parties (claimants v respondents), a panel of justices, a reporter and a court clerk. Each side will discuss the case in depth and prepare to simulate an oral argument that will cover:
- Arguments on the jurisdiction
- Arguments on the merits
The claimant’s and respondent’s lawyers will discuss the case with their teams and try to predict any points/questions the justices might ask them. They will weigh up both sides of the case, finding weaknesses in their opponents’ arguments in order to strengthen their own. They will then prepare and present their oral arguments to the panel of justices.
The panel of justices will review the case together and prepare questions to ask the lawyers of both sides. They will then listen carefully to the two lawyers and ask them the questions they have prepared. Once the time dedicated to the two sides’ arguments has finished, the justices will discuss their opinions and announce their decisions.
There may also be a journalist present who will make note of the strongest arguments while the claimants and respondents discuss the case and strategies. Then, once in court, the journalist will gather notes to write an article on how the arguments evolve and finally the justices’ decision.
The clerk will give administrative support to the justices in developing the questions to ask both sides, then later in timing the arguments and rebuttals/objections. He/she will also take minutes.
The simulation in class for each legal case is worth a maximum of 10 points. Fluency, conviction, persuasiveness and accuracy will be awarded.