Long Island employment lawyer Matthew Weinick, will be returning to Hofstra Law School in Fall 2017 as a Special Instructor. For the third year in a row, Weinick will be instructing a section of the second year course “Foundational Lawyering Skills.”
Hofstra Law School is located in Hempstead, New York. Several years ago, the law school began requiring its second year law students to complete the Foundational Lawyering Skills class. According to the Hofstra Law School catalog, the course was designed to “provide students with a basic introduction to core lawyering skills essential to effective practice in a variety of areas (trial practice, litigation, transactional lawyering, alternative dispute resolution, etc.).”
The course has traditionally been divided into two classes per week, one lecture day and one skills day. Weinick has taught the skills days, reviewing with students lawyering techniques such as client interviews, and depositions, as well as trial skills such as opening statements, closing arguments, and direct and cross examinations. Additionally, classes have involved other lawyering skills such as fact gathering and fact presentation.