LEGL 158 - (3 credits) Tues. and Thur.
8:00pm – 9:15 pm 23-204

Course Description:

Fundamentals of fact investigation with practical application through a case study; outline preparation, interviewing witnesses; examination of affirmative and rebuttal evidence; role of pretrial discovery during investigation. Prerequisite: LEGL 151, 152, 155 and 156 or instructor's permission.

Instructor’s information: Shawn Timothy Newman, J.D. 

Email:  Please use Canvas messaging option to send me emails pertaining to our course.

Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00 - 4:00 pm.  See Virtual Office Hours page for information 

Instructional Methods: Lecture integrated with class discussion on reading and current issues germane to the subject. Experts will be invited in to speak.

Interviewing and Investigating – Essential Skills for the Legal Professional, 4th or 5th Edition by Stephen P. Parsons. ISBN: 978-0-7355-8735-9

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the purpose and role of factual investigation and interviewing as it relates to formal discovery and informal investigation in the law office including knowledge of the American adversarial system, formal discovery in civil and criminal procedure, the basic rules of evidence, and relevant ethical and professional concerns including the unauthorized practice of law, client confidences, conflicts of interest, and improper communications. The student will also demonstrate a basic ability to utilize such knowledge as well as communication skills and factual analysis skills to competently plan and carry out an effective investigation in a realistic case context, including locating public and private records, identifying fact witnesses, locating qualified expert witnesses, and the scheduling and conducting of a client interview and a witness interview as well as the preparation of a witness statement.

Schedule: Your weekly assignments are posted on Canvas. Check each Canvas segment(s) for updates as our schedule may change depending on class progress and weather.


Midterm – 100 points (Must be posted on Canvas and emailed in MS Word)

Final – 100 points (Must be posted on Canvas and emailed in MS Word)Attendance & Class Participation: 100 points.-page under construction-

Course outlined in Canvas and updated weekly.  Be sure to log in to participate in our discussion groups, to follow the updated syllabus, and stay current.  You must be registered for the class in order to access our the Canvas modules here.