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Legal Interviewing: Theory, Tactics and Techniques

Legal Interviewing: Theory, Tactics and Techniques

Lauchland, K; Le Brun, M, 1996

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Book 9780409308099 $95.00

Legal Interviewing: Theory, Tactics and Techniques provides an accessible guide to conducting an effective initial legal interview.


This invaluable work explains the importance of good interviewing and includes strategies, handy checklists, clear and practical examples and exercises for practice and review. Common mistakes made in interviews are highlighted.

The text is written within a clear theoretical framework, in which the interview is presented as a dynamic part of a process in which effective practice is married with knowledge of substantive law and ethical precepts.

The work will be invaluable for students and lawyers who need to acquire or enhance the skills required to build and maintain client rapport in professional practice.


Kay Lauchland is an Associate Professor of Law and the Interviewing Coordinator for the Law Faculty of Bond University. She has ten years experience as a law lecturer, including two years with the Legal Practice Course, Queensland University of Technology, and five years teaching professional legal skills at undergraduate level and in continuing legal education workshops. Kay previously worked as a solicitor in the commercial litigation department of a large Brisbane law firm.

Marlene Le Brun is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Griffith University. Marlene has worked in private practice and as a consultant. She has also taught law in five university law schools over the past thirteen years. She ran a clinical legal education program at the University of Papua New Guinea and introduced client counselling into the Griffith law curriculum in 1992. Marlene has published widely in the area of legal education and is one of the edtiors of the Legal Education Review.

Kay and Marlene work as consultants offering courses on legal interviewing to law schools and large firms.

Table of Contents

1. Setting the practical context: how to use this book
2. Setting the theoretical context
3. The importance of god communication
4. Planning and preparing for the interview
5. Commencing: from lift to armchair
6. Obtaining the narrative
7. Developing theories and strategies
8. Generating and exploring options
9. Making decisions
10. Concluding: armchair to lift
11. Homework: following up the interview
12. Wanting more on ethical issues and professional conduct?
13. Going forward

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