Legal Skills Seminar (wykład) - 2019/2020

Course description
General information
Lecturer:dr Delaine Swenson prof. KUL
Organising unit:Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration - Instytut Nauk Prawnych
Number of hours (week/semester): 2/30
Language of instruction:English
Course objective
This course is designed to improve personal presentation techniques and oral advocacy skills through applied theater techniques. These techniques will assist the student to deliver expert, quality and compelling presentations. Emphasis will be on how to give a natural performance whether its in a board room, conference room, class room or courtroom.
COURSE TYPE AND PREREQUISITES: elective course for III, IV, V year students of law, administration, European studies, intermediate level of English.
Learning outcomes
K_W05 Knows and understands the principles of the interpretation of law
K_W06 Knows the basic features and functions of the basic areas of law and understands the principles of their functioning. He has knowledge about entities involved in legal relations specific to particular fields
K_W14 Has knowledge about designing the path of own development
K_W15 Has a structured knowledge of ethical principles and standards applicable both in science and in the future performance of legal professions
K_U03 Has the ability to use legal concepts to understand and analyze legal phenomena
K_U04 Is able to independently acquire knowledge and develop their professional skills, using various sources (in native and foreign languages) in modern technologies (ICT)
K_K01 Is aware of the level of his knowledge and skills, understands the need for education throughout life
K-K02 Is able to work in a team performing different roles (speaker, debater, adviser, critical analyst, effects commentator), knows how to accept and assign tasks, has elementary organizational skills allowing to achieve the assumed goals. He takes responsibility for the tasks entrusted to him
K_K03 Is able to properly assess the priorities for the implementation of a specific or imposed task, takes care of the timely and effective implementation of tasks
K_K04 Has a conviction about the importance of behaving in a professional manner, reflection on ethical issues and adherence to the principles of professional ethics
Teaching method
This course uses a variety of modern interactive teaching techniques include experiential education, role play, simulation and small group activities.
Course content description
Basic acting techniques will be used to teach presentation and interpersonal communication skills – the same techniques actors traditionally use to perfect public presentations, improve storytelling skills, gain self-confidence and connect with the audience, learn to concentrate before groups, feel comfortable being spontaneous and developing a “stage presence”

The skills that actors have that every lawyer should also have include:

Forms of assessment
The grade for this course is based on classroom attendance and participation and a final performance. Class attendance will be 20% of the grade, 40% will be in class exercises and 40% on the final performance. Exercises and the performance will be graded on: through preparation and effective presentation of equals a 5, good preparation and good presentation equals a 4, adequate preparation equals a 3.
Required reading list
Materials provided by the Professor

Acting Skills for Lawyers, Mathis, American Bar Association, 2012
Field of study: Law
Course listing in the Schedule of Courses:
Year/semester:Year IV - Semester 8
Number of ECTS credits: 3
Form of assessment: Grade