Basic Lawyering Skills

Basic Lawyering SkillsGrounded in the rich history, culture and values of the national legal aid community, Basic Lawyering skills is, in many ways, the foundation upon which other, more advanced Shriver Center trainings, are built. The nuts and bolts of a lawyer's trade - from client communication to case analysis, motion practice to counseling - are taught by seasoned practitioners, highly able and eager to impart what they have to share. New advocates are also given the tools they need to develop realistic professional development goals.


Onsite May 10-12. Register Now (NY state only)

NOTE: This instance of BLST is reserved for upstate New York organizations. If you would like to bring BLST to your state or region, contact DeLaine Mayer at

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Topics covered in this course include:

  • Basic Trial Skills
  • Case Analysis
  • Case Planning
  • Client Counseling
  • Client Interviewing
  • Legal Services History
  • Motion Practice
  • Multi-forum Advocacy
  • Negotiation
  • Professional Development Planning
  • Vision and Values

For me, the most helpful part of Basic Lawyering Skills was the deliberate and organized way we were taught to examine what we do at the different stages of the lawyer-client relationship. The training focused on the essence of what lawyers do on a daily basis, the aspect of my job that is easy to take for granted.  

- Kirk Eicher-Miller, Indiana Legal Services