University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

Law Practice Management

This course will help students develop the skills needed to be an effective attorney in the operation of a law office. Whether as a solo practitioner, member of a small firm, or an associate in a larger practice, an understanding of the "business of law," is an important step toward a successful career.

Topics include client relationships, case management and delivery of quality legal services. We will explore interrelated topics including ethics, trust accounts, insurance, technology tools, software applications and marketing skills. Students will be exposed to management skills, financial considerations, and administrative functions necessary for the operation of the office.

The course will be taught in seminar fashion with interactive class discussion as a core element. Guest lectures by authorities in discrete practice skills will enhance the learning experience. Grading will be based on class participation, quizzes, and one or more projects. The class will be divided into "law firms" for the purpose of creating a substantive business plan. This class is critical for students considering opening their own office or setting up a firm with their peers.