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11. Client interviews and meetings  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter builds on the learning from Chapter 10 about persuasive oral communication skills. It considers these skills specifically in the context of client interviews and meetings. It covers interview role-plays and assessments in academia, and interviews, meetings and calls in practice. A flowchart is provided for use as a guide on how to structure an effective first meeting or interview with a client. Consideration is given to the importance of rapport and how to establish it. Information is provided on the particular advantages and challenges of meeting using legal tech, including over the phone or in video conference, and how to overcome those challenges. Guidance is provided on effective note-taking and the production of an attendance note.

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10. Persuasive oral communication and presentations  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter provides an understanding of why students and professional lawyers need good oral communication skills. It explains the difference between verbal skills and non-verbal skills such as eye contact and body language. It then shows students how to develop these skills to have their voice heard. Guidance is provided about how to deliver an effective presentation during legal studies, whether in class, for an assessment, or otherwise, such as in a law clinic. It then proceeds to consider how to develop these skills for practice, and provides guidance as to why, when, and how a lawyer must employ persuasive oral communication with clients. The particular issues arising from online communication, such as on Teams and Zoom calls, are explored.

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10. Persuasive oral communication and presentations  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter first explains the fundamental oral communication skills law students need, including non-verbal communication such as eye contact and body language. It then shows students how to use these skills to deliver an effective presentation during legal studies, whether in class, for an assessment, or otherwise, such as in a law clinic. It then goes on to develop these skills for practice, and provides guidance as to why, when, and how a lawyer must employ persuasive oral communication with clients.

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12. Negotiation and mediation  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter provides guidance as to how to conduct a negotiation and a mediation, and explains the difference between the two. It explains how, why, and when a law student might require these skills, and how to further develop the skills for professional practice. Advice is given about how to prepare a negotiation plan.