EXPLORE A SUBSTANTIVE AREA OF LAW - INTERVIEW A PROFESSIONAL - PAPER & SUMMARY POST
The purpose of this project is give you an opportunity to utilize many of the skills that you will apply in your career as a business professional. You will use communication, planning & scheduling, organizational, networking, research and writing skills in the course of this project.
STEP 1: Identify an area of the law in which you are interested. Possible areas include: elder law, family law, insurance law, (criminal law prosecution or defense), corporate, employment, civil rights, immigration, intellectual property, personal injury, litigation, tax, cyberlaw, health care law, financial compliance, bankruptcy, or general practice.
STEP 2: Identify a legal professional to interview. You may interview an attorney, paralegal, court employee (including a judge) or other type of professional who works in the legal field in which you are interested. The person must spend at least 1/3 of their time on this area of law, and more than 1/2 of their time doing professional work (meaning, not a person who does solely filing & copying.) They should have at least 1 year of experience in the field. If you would like help with this let me know ASAP and I will assist you in selecting an appropriate person to interview.
STEP 3: Schedule the Interview. Let them know you are taking a business law class, and that you would like to interview them for a class assignment, and that you are requesting about an hour of their time. If possible, meet with them at their place of work so that you can get a feel for the office environment.
STEP 4: Prepare for the Interview. Research publicly available information about the person and their organization or agency. Is there a website? What is the purpose of organization/agency? Is there anything you can learn about this individual and their role, through publicly available information? You will ask some of these questions in the interview, but you will want to read up beforehand as well. Spend at least a little time looking at the substantive area of law in advance of your interview, as well.
STEP 5: Perform the Interview. Suggested Interview Questions are attached. Be professional and courteous - you are representing the class and CSCC generally. Wear business-casual clothes (eg no jeans or t-shirts.) Get a business card from the person at the end of the interview.
STEP 6: Send a personal, handwritten Thank-You. Since no one uses regular mail anymore, it makes an impression! At a minimum, send an email thanking them for their time.
STEP 7: Write your Paper. (Details below)
STEP 8: Executive Summary Discussion Post In 2-3 paragraphs, describe to the class the area of law, and your interview. You may NOT simply cut and paste your paper. Visual aids are encouraged; attach a photo, YouTube clip, Powerpoint, Outline, other, or combination of these items.
STEP 9: RELAX, you're finished!
Your paper should be a total of 8-10 pages in length. Typed, double spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font. See the Guidelines for Written Submissions attached to your syllabus. Do not exceed 10 pages.
Part I of your paper is an introduction describing the area of law in which you have an expressed an interest. This should be 6-8 pages in length. You may use your textbook as a source, HOWEVER you are also required to utilize at least three sources other than your textbook. Suggested place to start - Cornell Law School's Legal Institute website: http://www.law.cornell.edu/ Another good one is CSCC's Library Guide to Government Resources: http://libguides.cscc.edu/governmentresources You may NOT cite to Wikipedia.
If you use any direct quotes (this includes cutting and pasting!) these must be correctly attributed to the source. **See this Quick guide to how to do in-text citations: http://www.cscc.edu/library/pdf/intext.pdf Use the APA or MLA style. This is a matter of Academic Honesty. In the legal environment we are held to the highest standards of honesty & fairness.
Part II of your paper is a 2-3 page description of your interview. Briefly state the date, time, location and duration of your interview & provide the contact info for the person you interviewed. Describe (1) the information you learned in the interview, (2) your interview experience and impressions; and (3) how the information you learned relates to what we have learned in this course. Finally, reflect briefly on whether this is a field (whether the legal area or business type) in which you could see yourself working, and why/why not.
85 points for the Paper / 15 points for the Executive Summary Post.
Attached is the sample interview question
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